American’s Consume Too Much Sugar (Surprise, Surprise!)

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A recent article in the New York Times says that Americans are consuming far too much sugar on a daily basis, and that excessive sugar intake has a strong link between the ever-increasing obesity problem in the U.S. – Should this come as a surprise to us?

The current recommendation for daily sugar intake is 8 teaspoons, but most people far exceed that amount. A 12-ounce can of soda contains about 8 or 9 teaspoons of sugar alone! Think your Vitamin Water is better?…Think again! A 20-ounce bottle of Vitamin Water contains 8 or 9 teaspoons of the sweet-stuff too. Even many fruit juices contain highly concentrated levels of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, so it’s much healthier for you to eat whole fruits rather than juice.

Dr George Bray is a specialist in obesity at LSU, and he says “the current epidemic of obesity could be explained by the consumption of an extra 20-ounce soft drink each day.” That’s astounding if you ask me! Dr. Bray recommends switching to diet sodas, and he goes on to say that the aspartame (an artificial sweetener) found in diet sodas doesn’t have the harmful side-effects that was once thought.

The moral of the story is to slow down on your sugar intake. Pay attention to the nutritional labels found on the foods you eat, and monitor the amount of sugar you’re eating or drinking per day. I think you’ll be very surprised to find out how much sugar you’re consuming! If you wonder why you’re weight loss plan isn’t working out as well as you thought it would, those sugary snacks and drinks may be culprit.

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