Here are just a few facts about sugar to make you think twice about reaching for a sugar-laden snack, fruit juice, or cereal.
- Our ancestors used to consume 22 teaspoons of sugar per year, now we average 22 per day! Children average 32 teaspoons per day. For adults, that’s about 175 pounds of sugar per year.
- U.S. Dietary Guidelines provide no limit for added sugar, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still lists sugar as a "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS) substance.
- A recent study shows that those with the highest sugar intake had a four-fold increase in their risk of heart attacks compared to those with the lowest intakes. Only one 20-ounce soda per day increases your risk of a heart attack by about 30 percent.
- Sugar causes heart attacks, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and dementia, and is the leading cause of liver failure in America.
- More than 37 percent of Americans’ sugar calories come from soda.
- Sugar is addictive -- as much as eight times more addictive than cocaine.
- Sugar intake may contribute to cancer via insulin resistance.
- Most breakfast cereals are 75 percent sugar. Not a good way to start the day!
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