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Thousands of Scientific Papers Confirm that Sugar Causes Disease
If you think that because you watch your weight you are safe and can eat sugar, think again. Sugar leads to chronic metabolic disease whether you are thin or overweight.
One of the problems is that people really are unaware of exactly how much sugar they are consuming. Back in the 1700’s, it’s estimated that an average person ate about 4 pounds of sugar each year. By the 1800’s, this increased to 18 pounds. In the 1900’s, sugar consumption increased to an incredible 90 pounds a year. Although the 2000’s have just gotten off the ground, it has already been determined that, as of 2009, about 50 percent of Americans eat about 8 ounces (that’s half a pound) of sugar every single day! That would add up to an almost unbelievable 180 pounds of sugar each year. Every year. Wow.
This is because sugar is in just about everything, not just the obvious things like cake, candy, and sodas, but also things like pretzels, ketchup, cheese spreads, and spaghetti sauce. Even infant formula has been found to contain sugar, getting our children hooked on this addictive substance from the day they are born.
If you don’t think sugar is a problem, consider this: In the late 1800s, there were less than 3 people diagnosed with diabetes out of every 100,000. In 2013, this has increased to 8,000 out of every 100,000. And all you need to do is take a walk around any shopping mall in America realize that we have a severe problem with obesity, despite the war on fat in our foods.
You can avoid most sugar by eating a diet that is mostly plant based with some raw, unsalted nuts, seeds, healthy fats such as coconut oil and avocados, and some added herbs and spices. Read more how to give up sugar in 9 steps.
The FDA is currently considered revising its labeling design, altering the way that companies can list serving size and highlighting the amounts of sugar, regardless of name, in all processed food items. This will help, but for the best health, avoid processed and prepackaged foods as much as possible, and then you won’t have to read labels and wonder what they are hiding in the first place.