The standard American diet is filled with sugar. We all know sugar is sweet, but it has an unsavory side, too. Sugar is poison to us, and most of the time we don’t even know just how much we’re consuming. This sweet stuff may not be so sweet after all.
The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. The average child consumes a whooping 32 teaspoons per day.
Women should have no more than 6 teaspoons per day. Men should have no more than 9 teaspoons per day.
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. It releases an opiate-like substance that activates the brain’s reward system.
Americans drink 53 gallons of soft drink per person every year. The average can of soda has about 40 grams, or 10 teaspoons of sugar.
In a 64oz soda, like at a gas station or a movie theatre, 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%.
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 like: ketchup, hotdogs and hamburgers, hotdog and hamburger buns, peanut butter, French fries, pasta sauce, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and most processed foods contain added sugar, even if the food isn’t even sweet.
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.
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.