“Added Sugars” on the nutrition facts label refers to any sweetener that was added during processing of the food, like table sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, for example. “Total Sugars” refer to any naturally occurring sugar found in the food, like sugar from fruit. We don’t really need to worry about total sugars - we want to focus our attention on added sugars. It’s important to try to limit added sugars as much as possible because they provide excess calories that do not have much nutritional value - in other words, added sugars are “empty calories”. Added sugars are found in high amounts in candy, sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and sweet tea, baked goods, desserts, sweets, granola bars, juice, and frozen desserts. A good rule of thumb is to limit added sugars on packaged foods to less than 10 grams per serving. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting added sugars to less than 10% of total daily calories, or less than 50 grams daily based on a 2000 calorie diet.