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Eating Too Much Sugar: Is It Worse Than We Thought?
You don’t have to look very far to locate information on sugar consumption in America. Newspapers, magazines, science journals, and medical research regularly contributes alarming statistics on how much sugar we are consuming every day. Should we be worried? – the answer is yes!!! The latest estimates suggest that on average, Americans are consuming 130 lbs. of sugar each year. You may find it difficult to imagine eating that many donuts or chowing down on that many candy bars but the reality is most of us are getting the majority of our daily sugar from beverages. Many of us rely on our ‘favorite’ coffee drink from our ‘favorite’ coffee store to get us going in the morning and are blissfully unaware that at least half of the drinks on the menu exceed 60 grams of sugar!!! How does this stack up against the daily recommendations for sugar consumption??? Well…..many health agencies are recommending no more than 36 grams of sugar per day for men and 24 grams of sugar per day for women. Currently, the average American male consumes 128 grams of sugar per day and women are consuming 88 grams per day. Also, worth mentioning; sugar has no nutritional value, no vitamins, no minerals, no enzymes and no fiber.
You may be asking: What exactly is the harm in consuming all of this sugar?? Sugar is addictive and triggers parts of our brains that leaves us wanting more each time we eat it. Excess sugar in the body causes inflammation. Sugar is known to contribute to: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pain, headaches, acne and many other health problems. So, the answer to the question in the title of this post is loudly YES, the effects of sugar are worse than we thought and we must make every effort to reduce our sugar intake if we have any hopes of avoiding health problems that could potentially shorten our lives.
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