So how did the guidelines do? Well they set a limit that no more than 10% of one's daily calories should consist of added sugars and they called out the worst offender: sugar sweetened beverages. What I didn't like is that the limit they chose was so much higher than what the American Heart Association recommended with the 2010 guidelines: that up to 1/2 the empty calories (set in 2010) be used for added sugars. Take a look at the difference in the chart below. For a 4 year old in the new guidelines they can have 7 1/2 tsp of sugar and for a 14 year old boy 15 teaspoons a day, which is a lot more than about 4 and 8 teaspoons a day. It is a start though and for that I applaud the new guidelines.