Sugar – Not So Sweet

We talk a lot about fat and cholesterol in the American diet .  It seems that sugar has gotten off the hook pretty easy, relatively speaking.

Until now, perhaps.

According to a report by the American Heart Association back in August 2009 (http://americanheart.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=800), the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar daily.  The recommended amount is 6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women and 9 teaspoons (37.5 grams) for men.  One can of soda will put a woman over her daily limit.

We’ve known for some time that sugar plays a major role in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

A brand new study also indicates a significant role played by sugar in pancreatic cancer–a deadly cancer that sees only 5% of its victims exceed a 5 year life expectancy.  The numbers from this new study and a previous one are stunning, putting those who drank two or more sodas a week at an 87% increased risk of pancreatic cancer: http://www.foodconsumer.org/newsite/Watch-List/soft_drinks_linked_to_higher_risk_of_pancreatic_cancer_090210075.html.

According to the August American Heart Association report, “Over the past 30 years, (Americans’) total calorie intake has increased by an average of 150 to 300 calories per day, and approximately 50 percent of this increase comes from liquid calories (primarily sugar-sweetened beverages).”  The report goes on to say that “daily consumption of sweetened soft drinks rose 70 percent between 1970 and 2000.”

We’re consuming much more sugar (particularly in the form of corn syrup) than previous generations and, it is clear, to our detriment.  The rate of illness related to our unnatural lifestyles is taking its toll as evidenced by the numbers of us who are dealing with these severe illnesses.

We must stop accepting the added sugar, added salt foods that are making us sick.  Join me in making your house a “No Soda,  No Corn Syrup Zone.”

Take this step to take control of your health.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Denise on February 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    This is soooooo true! In addition to sugar and high fructose corn syrup, add white flour and all other heavily processed grains (i.e. white rice, pearled barley, etc.), which are metabolized in the same manner as sugar. In the end, these highly processed grains are not only much less nutritious…they have the same effect on blood chemistry as sugar. Ten years ago we eliminated almost all of “the whites” from our diet, and the effect on my husband’s cholesterol and triglycerides was so dramatic that he did not have to take the recommended medication. Beware of “hidden sugars” (i.e. sweeteners added to otherwise lower fat and healthy foods) as well…read labels! This blog provides such great information…thank you!!

    Reply

  2. Thanks so much for your added insight, Denise! You rock!

    Reply

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