The official recommendation puts a daily cap at 12 ½ teaspoons — about the amount in a can of coke. As the New York Times reports, however, cutting soda from your diet isn’t enough:
Caloric sweeteners like sugar, honey and high-fructose corn syrup are found in obvious places like sodas, cookies and candy — but they are also lurking in foods with health appeal, like low-fat yogurt, granola and whole grain breads, as well as in ketchup, pasta sauce, canned fruit and prepared soups, salad dressings and marinades.
So what can you do about this? We recommend that you make your own. Homemade cookies, pasta sauces, and salad dressings will always have less sugar than that which is bought in a store. Obviously, making your own will always take more time than buying from the store, but investing in your health is always worth it.