Maya Adam, M.D., founder ofJust Cook For Kids and a professor at Stanford University, likes to approach nutrition with a balanced perspective, maintaining her love of food. Adam is an advocate for a more holistic approach to wellness and nutrition, wherein the “freedom to not fear what we eat” is paramount. Here, however, Adam sits down with Sonima Founder Sonia Jones to discuss the potential dangers of consuming too much sugar. We really shouldn’t have more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, which can be quite difficult given the amount of sugar hiding in most foods in America.

The truth is, says Adam, the more sugar we eat, the more we crave. The best way to begin kicking the habit is to scale back in manageable ways, and avoid packaged foods with corn syrup and other excess sweeteners.

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