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Is 70 grams of sugar too much over the span of a day?

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I'm trying to limit certain things in my diet, and sugar is a big one.
I'm doing okay, but I get A LOT of sugar from milk.

I drink 2 glasses of skim milk a day, which is 4 cups (1 cup/serving).
The 2 glasses of milk are 50 grams of sugar right there!

Is this too much? Is "milk sugar" (lactose?) different?
Can any of you wonderful people help me out here?
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There are no nutritional guidelines on sugar like there are for fat/calories/carbs/sodium/ect. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends no more than 40 grams of sugar a day (10 teaspoons). Each teaspoon is 15 calories so you have to figure that into your daily allowance. The UN says that sugar shouldn't exceed more than 10% of the energy intake of a healthy diet. All sugar is the same, it's just processed in the body differently.

This is from a website on digestation:

Table sugar is another carbohydrate that must be digested to be useful. An enzyme in the lining of the small intestine digests table sugar into glucose and fructose, each of which can be absorbed from the intestinal cavity into the blood. Milk contains yet another type of sugar, lactose, which is changed into absorbable molecules by an enzyme called lactase, also found in the intestinal lining.
Excellent - thank you!
I guess I'll just have to drop a glass of milk, if I've accidentally been particularily "sugary" that day.

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