In draft guidelines proposed this week, the World Health Organization is encouraging people to consume less than 5 percent of their daily calorie intake from sugars.
For an adult at a normal body mass index, that’s about 25 grams or six teaspoons of sugar per day.
"In reality, it's a lot less than most of us consume every day," NPR Health Correspondent Allison Aubrey tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young.
Efforts to cut back on sugar are hampered by the fact that many sugars are hidden in processed foods such as ketchup and yogurt.
Aubrey discusses the draft proposal and the many ways sugar can sneak into your daily diet.
This segment aired on March 7, 2014.