As a society we are consuming way too much sugar. Just how much the average person really consumes is anyones guess… it’s A LOT!
It has been estimated that the average person is consuming their body weight in sugar every year, isn’t that crazy!
Anyway, I decided to track down a few interesting facts about sugar consumption to share with you here. If you know anymore yourself, please share by leaving a comment below. And be sure to share this post with friends because they will definitely want to know this stuff too
Sugar Intake has been Increasing
Take a look at this table taken from Chapter 2 of an Agriculture Fact Book on ‘Profiling Food Consumption in America’
As you can see there has been a significant rise in corn sweeteners…a massive, massive increase! This is not a good thing because high fructose corn syrup may be a big contributor to obesity, diabetes and other diseases. You can read more about that here.
But even though corn sweeteners are being consumed more, regular sugars haven’t decreased too much overall either, which just means we are eating copious amounts of sugar. This table shows statistics from 1950-2000. I couldn’t find anything to show recent consumption but you can imagine it would be much higher that in 2000.
In the video Sugar: The Bitter Truth, Dr Robert Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, states that the average person 100 years ago only consumed 10 pounds of sugar and now consume 141 pounds of sugar per year!!! Yep, that’s roughly what I mentioned above, they consume their body weight…quite unbelievable really.
Supersizing everything encourages more consumption
This image taken from the video mentioned above, clearly illustrates our consumption is increasing all the time! With Coca-cola a prime companion in the rising consumption. Now that we super size everything, we can easily consume more in one sitting.
Soda is just as bad as alcohol
And if you think that soda is better than drinking alcohol…think again. It is just as detrimental to our health as drinking alcohol.
OUR CRAZY SOCIETY HAS MISLED US!
Yes, we were all led to believe that fat was the criminal and that sugar was perfectly fine to eat. Here are just a couple of the crazy old advertisements that made us believe sugar was okay to eat in copious amounts.
Make sure you read the fine print on this one, if you give your babies soda they will be more socially accepted in their teens!!! You’ve got to be kidding…
Yes, people, this is where it all began. Crazy advertisements like this suggesting that sodas promote active lifestyles, boost personality, and give the body essential sugars! This is the power of marketing in the early days and just how much it has stuck with us right up until now.
Unfortunately we have all been misled in a big way and now we are all paying the price with bad health and disease.
Sugar is an invader
Sugar has invaded our environment and has us all ADDICTED!
It surrounds us EVERYWHERE and yes it is a difficult addiction to let go of.
Believe me if you can do it, your life will improve in more ways than I can explain.
Sugar is your enemy. We don’t really need it. There are heaps of sugar free foods and wonderful real foods that you can eat. And when I say sugar free I don’t mean going and replacing your intake with artificial sweeteners or sugar replacements because these are just as bad. Just give up sugar, period.
To think that sugar used to be a luxury item consumed in very small amounts and only availble to the upper class!
I don’t know what the answer to this problem is, and what we can do to truly help others learn how to quit eating sugar. Especially when most people don’t really want to quit it.
The only thing I can think of is that we can influence others through being a positive role model and trying to help educate the people around us about sugar and processed foods, and why we choose to eat healthy!
That’s why I follow a very low sugar diet, to be a role model for those around me.
So please share this article with all of your friends, family and colleagues so they can learn these interesting facts about sugar too.
Nutrition & Health Coach
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