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 7 million more have diabetes but are undiagnosed. On top of that, nearly 80
million Americans have pre-diabetes, meaning they’re 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 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 in spite of the risks to our health.
Hidden Sugar Bombs
in your Diet
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 Swedish Karolinska Institute conducted a study finding that people who drink sugary sodas a mere two times a day have a 90% greater risk of contracting pancreatic cancer than those who refrain from drinking them entirely. The deadly culprit, suggests the study, is the refined and processed sweeteners.
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 such as obesity are becoming epidemic.
A Manufactured Food Ingredient
that Reprograms Your Brain
When it comes to losing weight, your own brain may be working against you. And big food manufacturers are largely to blame.
Your brain’s complex chemistry affects what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat. Throw off the delicate balance, and you’ll trigger overeating, food cravings, and a loss of willpower. They all team up to sabotage any effort you make to lose weight.
Unfortunately, a huge number of foods on your grocery store shelves are laden with a sweetener that attacks your brain chemistry. So nearly everyone in America is fighting a losing battle against weight gain. The culprit is high fructose corn syrup – a manufactured sugar that food producers swear is as harmless as any other sugar. In fact, they have multi-million dollar “public service” campaigns in place to make you believe it. But don’t be fooled.
Brain Mapping Shows What
Food Manufacturers Deny
Purveyors of high fructose corn syrup claim it’s almost identical to common table sugar and doesn’t affect the body any differently. When it comes to chemistry, “almost” is a loaded word. Water and hydrogen peroxide are almost identical, too. But you can’t drink hydrogen peroxide by the glassful unless you have a death wish.
When scientists decided to map brain responses in healthy, normal-weight people after drinking a glucose-sweetened drink versus a fructosesweetened drink, they got visual evidence of the different effects the two sugars have on your system. Glucose switches off the areas of the brain associated with appetite. In other words, glucose
makes you feel full. Fructose doesn’t trigger the same activity. When you take in a bunch of calories packed with high fructose corn syrup, your brain doesn’t get the
message that you’re full. So you keep eating.
How to Break
Your Sugar Habit
To begin reversing the bad effects of high fructose corn syrup on your brain chemistry, you must begin cutting it out of your diet. The first place to look is canned drinks sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Sodas. Energy drinks. Juice drinks. Coffee drinks. Sweetened iced teas. They’re the worst offenders when it comes to high-fructose.
The second worst offenders are various processed foods. Many packaged foods may surprise you when it comes to their high sugar content – non-fat yogurt, muffins, instant cereals, peanut butter, and even spaghetti sauce.
With so many processed food items containing sugar, decreasing sugar intake can be a challenge. Avoiding sugary sodas and candy are obvious and
good first steps, but the full 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. 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.
Don’t be fooled into switching to “diet” brands. Many of these products still contain chemical sweeteners that come with their own health problems.
Reducing the amount of sugar (especially fructose) and artificial sweeteners in your family’s diet can reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes and many other diseases and ailments. It may be one of the best things you can do for your health.