In the not so sweet news, the FDA reports that the average American consumes between 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugar per year. This has the effect of creating a sugar craving. Simply put, the more you consume the more you want. This also helps explain the exponential jump in obesity over the last 100 years.
In the early part of the 1900’s, refined sugar consumption was about 35 pounds per year per person and a 100 years before that, it was about 5 pounds per person per year. This is a tremendous increase for a substance that is classified as both a drug and a poison!
Got your attention? I hope so, because this is becoming a global health crisis an epidemic of life threatening proportions and particularly here in the United States.
Here’s just a partial list of the known side effects from too much refined sugar: Allergies, arthritis, behavioral problems, cancer/tumors, degenerative/organ disease, depression, diabetes, immune disruption, migraines, mental illness, obesity and tooth decay.
The World Health Organization and the National Heart Association recommend a daily consumption of no more than 6 tsp (women) and 9 tsp (men). There are 120 teaspoons in one pound of sugar. This means 1/4 pound of sugar is equivalent to 30 teaspoons and 1/2 pound of sugar is equivalent to 60 teaspoons.
Here are just a few foods that have hidden sugars:
- barbecue sauces, breads, canned-fruits, cookies
- crackers, frozen dinners, hot dogs, ketchup
- marinades, peanut butter, pickles, salad dressing
- soup, vegetables
Lately, a lot of folks are concerned about consuming glutens, but the alleged dangers of glutens are far from an accepted scientific fact, whereas refined sugar overdosing is a scientific fact with decades of research to back it up. It’s just my opinion, but I think you would do far better to focus on your sugar intake first and get that right.
If you’re smart you’re going to take this information seriously – double check it if you want, but please pay attention this information is like gold. And if you are in that high risk category, do something, consider this is your wake up call.
By simply paying attention to the ingredients in the things you eat, you can easily reduce your intake of white sugar by 40-50%! And given the massive sugar overdosing you’re probably doing right now…a 50% reduction should be, uh, a piece of cake. (forgive the pun)
Bottom line: Based on everything I’ve read, when you get your sugar intake under control you are going to feel better than you have felt for years. You will be more alive, more energetic, more productive and just all around happier. Good luck and I’ll be right there with you, working through the same issues….you can do it – we can do it!