Facebook Friends: Life Is Sweet Without Sugar

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The American Heart Association says Americans consume too much sugar. Women are being advised to limit themselves to six teaspoons of sugar per day and nine teaspoons for men. 'Tell Me More' recently asked Facebook friends to share their bittersweet "sugar stories" of kicking the habit.

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JENNIFER LUDDEN, host:

In a new study, the American Heart Association suggests strictly limiting your sugar intake. Can you live on six to nine teaspoons of the sweet stuff a day? Or how about eliminating sugar from your diet entirely? We put the question to our friends on Facebook, and here's what some of them had to say.

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AGGIE: I don't drink coffee. I don't smoke. I don't do some other things, so I feel like I need my chocolate and desserts. I do stick to natural stuff like agave, honey or raw sugar when I do add sugar. My name is Aggie. Thanks a lot.

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BOW WOW WOW (Music Group): (Singing) I know a guy who's tough but sweet. He's so fine, he can't be beat...

OLU: I'm still trying to kick the habit, and people don't believe it's a drug, but you feel so much better when you haven't had it for a while, so that's my take on being thin. My name is Olu.

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BOW WOW WOW: (Singing) I want candy. I want candy.

MONA: My name is Mona. I live in Long Beach, California. You know, my story isn't going to sound too interesting about just like how I've never particularly liked sugar, but I did as a woman notice a serious difference in when I eliminated sugar around my monthly cycle. It's a lot of information, I realize.

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BOW WOW WOW: (Singing) You're my guy, you're what the doctor ordered. You're so sweet, you make my mouth water.

JILL: Hi, this is Jill from Michigan. I'm not going to totally rule out sugar, but I am drinking more water now. I walk to my walking DVD. I'm not much of a sweet eater, but I do have to have my pasta. I must be doing something right because my weight has been stable over the past five years. Everything in moderation.

BOW WOW WOW: (Singing) I want candy. I want candy.

LUDDEN: Aggie, Olu, Mona and Jill reached out to us through Facebook.

If you're logged on, you can become friends with Michel Martin too, and who knows, you might hear yourself on the radio.

BOW WOW WOW: (Singing) Go to see him when the sun goes down…

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