We all know that sugar isn't the best for us, but did you know it was this much of a problem? Here is some
information concerning sugar consumption that might shock you:
The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every day.
The average child consumes a whopping 32 teaspoons per day.
Women should have no more than 6 teaspoons per day.
Men should have no more than 9 teaspoons per day.
Refined sugar is linked to:
- Manic depression
- Cardiovascular disease
- Colon and pancreatic cancer
- Hair loss
- Breakouts and skin irritation
- Tooth decay
- Metabolic syndrome
- Type-2 diabetes
It can exacerbate mood swings, personality changes, irritability, asthma, arthritis, heart disease, cholesterol, gallstones, and endocrine problems. According to the American Dietetic and Diabetic Associations, increased sugar consumption is the leading cause of degenerative disease.
Sugar is addictive. Sugar releases an opiate-like substance that activates the brain’s reward system.
In the year 1900, the US consumed about 5 pounds of sugar per person.
In the year 2000, the US consumed about 150 pounds of sugar per person.
61 pounds of that is from high fructose corn syrup.
Americans drink 53 gallons of soft drinks per person every year.
The average can of soda has about 40 grams, or 10 teaspoons, of sugar.
In a 64-ounce soda, like at a gas station or movie theater, there are 53 teaspoons of sugar. Carbonated soft drinks are the largest source of refined sugar in the American diet.
The consumption of sugar is growing faster than the world’s population, increasing about 1% every year.
Sugar production is growing even faster than sugar consumption, which makes it cheaper and cheaper.
In the past decade, sugar consumption jumped 23%.
In the American diet, added sugar alone accounts for 496 calories every day.
Consuming refined sugar depletes the body of B vitamins.
Vitamin B deficiency causes symptoms like: heart palpitations, chronic fatigue, paranoia, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty focusing, restlessness, indigestion, rashes, and cravings for sugar.
Many foods contain hidden sugar.
Ketchup, hotdogs and hamburgers, plus their buns, peanut butter, french fries, pasta sauce, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and most processed foods contain added sugar, even if the food isn’t sweet. Low fat foods often use sugar to enhance flavor.
Refined sugar has no nutritional value, besides empty calories.
It does not contain any vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats, or fiber. Everything beneficial is removed during the refining process.
Despite the additional calories, research shows that animals live longer by just consuming water, rather than a water and sugar solution.
As a steady diet, sugar is actually worse than nothing.
What does refined sugar do to the body?
It makes the digestive system acidic, which vitamins and minerals from the body, particularly calcium from bones and teeth. It also depletes potassium and magnesium, which are both essential for cardiac health.
It suppresses the immune systems, and causes an overproduction of digestive enzymes. In turn, this puts stress on the pancreas.
It impairs liver function, which can lead to high blood pressure, skin issues, and acne.
It inhibits blood flow and affects aging, contributing to dental issues, increased wrinkles, and dry aged skin.
Suddenly removing refined sugar from a diet can cause withdrawal symptoms, like fatigue, depression, headaches, and achy limbs.
Besides salt, Americans consume 10 times more sugar than any other food additives.
Of 2,600+ food additives, salt is number one and sugar is number two.
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