Refined sugar, also known as table sugar, comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, table sugar is high in calories and offers no nutritional benefit, which really means you're just adding it to your diet for taste purposes.
many sugary drinks contain about 40 grams of added sugar per serving. the American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar to 25 grams per day for women & children over the age of 2.
For men, they recommend limiting added sugar to 36 grams per day. These drinks with refined sugars are already maxing out your recommended daily sugar intake.
Ann Taylor, MS, RD, LD, CDCES mentions in the Clinic's article that the average American eats about 77 grams of sugar per day. This is about three times what the recommendation is for a woman.
"That is equivalent to about 230 calories per day, which could add up to as much as 23 pounds of body fat per year," she tells the Clinic.
The more unnecessary sugar you consume, the more likely you are to get abdominal fat. With abdominal fat comes a higher risk of becoming obese.
Cleveland Clinic suggests limiting sugar-sweetened beverages to help lower the risk for obesity.According to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, eating too much refined sugar
can also lead you to experience sugar spikes. This will eventually contribute to weight gain and other problems like diabetes and heart disease.