Are Food Makers Killing You One Spoonful at a Time?

By Lee Bellinger / December 26, 2013

Sugar – More Dangerous Than We Thought

Sugar Cubes The average adult consumes approximately 22 teaspoons of sugar each and every day. That works out to a 5-lb bag of sugar every three weeks, or over sixteen 5-lb bags a year. No matter how you count it, that is a LOT of sugar.

Meanwhile, over 25.8 million Americans are known to have diabetes and an estimated seven million more have diabetes but are undiagnosed. On top of that, nearly 80 million Americans have pre-diabetes, meaning they at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Diabetes causes more deaths each year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. And it causes thousands of times more deaths than so-called “gun violence,” a topic with which our political class is currently obsessed. It’s time to stop the insanity.

Food manufacturers are pumping our food full of added sugar, which many of us are eagerly consuming while saying, “Please, I’ll have another!” Often we don’t even realize the added sugar is there.

Hidden Sugar Bombs in Your Diet

A woman should consume a maximum of six teaspoons of sugar a day, men no more than nine teaspoons of sugar per day and children less than six teaspoons a day. A typical 12-ounce soda has ten teaspoons of sugar. That’s more sugar in a single can than any person should consume daily, yet most of us are knowingly or unknowingly swallowing double that amount. Energy drinks, sports drinks, juices, and flavored waters also have high sugar content. Many foods may surprise you when it comes to their high sugar content… foods like non-fat yogurt, muffins, instant cereals, peanut butter, and even spaghetti sauce.

As Addictive As Cocaine…

Consuming large amounts of sugar has been linked to mineral deficiencies, cancer, arthritis, headaches, depression, gout, hormonal imbalances even depression. Many experts say ADD/ADHD could be controlled with a diet containing less sugar and more protein, instead of using medication.

The more sugar we eat the harder it becomes for our bodies to fight off infections and disease. Brain scans have shown that sugar can be as addictive as cocaine. With the average American consuming one quarter of a pound of sugar every single day, no wonder sugar related maladies are becoming epidemic.

How to Break Your Sugar Habit

With so many food items containing sugar, especially processed foods, decreasing sugar intake can be a challenge. Avoiding sugary sodas and hiding your sugar bowl are good first steps, but the real answer is to read labels. Manufacturers use many different types of sugar with different names, so you can’t just look for “sugar.”

Scan labels for fructose, dextrose, glucose, maltrodextrin, sucrose, barley malt, buttered syrup, cane juice crystals, caramel, carob syrup, dextran, diastatic malt, diatase, ethyl maltol, galactose, maltose, panocha, sorbitol, sorghum syrup, treacle, mannitol, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and molasses. Don’t be fooled into switching to diet brands. Many of these products still contain high amounts of sugar and those that don’t use chemical sweeteners that come with their own health problems. Honey is a natural sweetener that is much better for you than refined and processed sugars, but it’s still a form of sugar and should be used in moderation.

Reducing the amount of sugar in your family’s diet can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and many other diseases and ailments. You body was never intended to consume large amounts of processed sugar. Avoiding sugar may be one of the best things you can do for your health.


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