Sugar and Inflammation: A Slippery Slope It is scary to think that sugar is one of the 10 most eaten foods in a South African’s diet. Local data has shown that we eat as much as 60g of added sugar per day, a whopping 12 teaspoons. Sugar is part of the carbohydrate food group, and, along with fat and protein, carbohydrates are one of the three food groups essential to human health.