Our Sugar Epidemic

 

  • The majority of sugars consumed in the American diet are those added to foods & drinks and often times, get overseen by the average consumer.
  • Sugar is extremely cheap and addictive, which is why we find it in almost every packaged food found in your local grocery store.
  • Sugar contributes to the process of Cancer, increases Obesity & Type 2 Diabetes.

 

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The facts:

1. Sugar is the #1 dietary cause of Heart Disease and Obesity (seen in the form of             carbohydrates)

2. Sugar causes metabolic & hormonal imbalances leading to premature aging and             disease.

3. Sugar intake increases acidity of the body (Acidic=Cancer)

4. Sugar causes Inflammation (98% of diseases have inflammation as a precursor)

5. Sugar causes your body to work harder than it needs to (more energy is used to             manage sugar than what the body benefits from it.)

6. The average American consumes 27 teaspoons of sugar per day (The American Heart Association recommends no more than 9.5 teaspoons per day)

 

Carbs

All white & brown breads, rice, and pastas break down into simple sugar that your body would normally use for energy. Since we consume unnatural amounts of sugar each day (often unknown), our body stores the sugar as FAT, leading to weight gain and a host of associated health issues.

 

What can I do?

Be mindful when choosing packaged foods by looking at the INGREDIENTS list. Sugar is often listed as:

Anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose sweetener, fruit juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, liquid fructose, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses, pancake syrup, raw sugar, sugar, syrup, fructose, lactose and maltose, carbitol, concentrated fruit juice, corn sweetener, diglycerides, disaccharides, evaporated cane juice, erythritol, Florida crystals, fructooligosaccharides, galactose, glucitol, glucoamine, hexitol, inversol, isomalt, maltodextrin, malted barley, malts, mannitol, nectars, pentose, raisin syrup, ribose rice syrup, rice malt, rice syrup solids, sorbitol, sorghum, sucanat, sucanet, xylitol and zylose.

The best defense from eating abnormal amounts of sugar is to understand that most packaged foods contain sugar in some form, mainly for enhanced flavor and shelf life. By taking control of your diet through cooking your own food and making constructive dietary choices, you can prevent many of the diseases listed above.