Tonight at 10: How going “Sugar Free” could change your life

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – How much sugar are you eating? It’s a simple question but for a lot of people, there’s not a simple answer.

In our upcoming special report “Sugar Free” (airing Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at 10:00 p.m.) WHNT News 19’s Michelle Stark investigates the new craze of “no sugar” challenges. Maybe you’ve taken one? Or know someone who has?

They're not easy. Despite health warnings tying sugar to an increasing number of problems including weight gain, visceral fat, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart trouble, most people still struggle to cut down the sugar in their lives, let alone cut it out.

One reason? It's hidden, in all kinds of food; processed food in particular.

With that in mind, here are some questions and answers that may change your behavior, next time you load up a cart at the grocery store.

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A 12 oz. can of regular cola could have 33 grams of sugar or more. Also stunning? A single 20 oz. bottle of Coca-Cola, popular in vending machines now-a-days, has 65 grams!

Now consider this: According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are 37.5 grams (or 9 teaspoons) for men and just 25 grams (or 6 teaspoons) for women.

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There are a ton of cereals on the market, so this one is a bit harder to determine. One thing that's easy to figure out though? Many cereals marketed as healthy, might not be, especially if you're eating more than the recommended serving and adding sugar or other sweeteners on top.

Here are just a few popular cereal brands with listed sugar contents:

  • Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch - 19g (1 cup)
  • Post Raisin Bran - 19g (1 cup)
  • Kellogg's Fruit Loops - 12g (1 cup)
  • General Mills Yogurt Burst Cheerios Vanilla - 9g (3/4 cup)

Keep in mind... none of these listings include milk.

Don't see your favorite cereal? Here's a whole list of them with their sugar content.

Also, here's a recent story from CBS News featuring the "10 Worst" sugary cereals, according to Environmental Working Group.

To learn more about the health impacts of sugar and see one woman's dramatic weight loss results taking a "no sugar" challenge, watch Michelle Stark's special report "Sugar Free" airing Tuesday, Feb. 23rd at 10:00 p.m. on WHNT News 19!