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Americans eat too much sugar

Posted Nov 10 2009 10:02pm


Feature by Colleen, Editorial Assistant

In these tough economic times, where food prices are high and money isn’t rolling in the way it used to, you may often find yourself consuming a lot of processed goods or ready-to-eat snacks. With hectic schedules, it’s easy to get into the habit of eating convenient foods, but what we forget is all the sugar that’s packed into these products. As a result, many people are eating more sugar than is recommended.

A recent study by Yale University researchers found that watching food ads on TV makes kids and adults snack more. This might be one of the factors contributing to Americans’ high consumption of sugar. Especially when unhealthy food is concerned, the research saw that children between ages 7 and 11 ate 45 per cent more munchies when food ads were on than kids watching the same program with other commercials.

The daily recommended sugar consumption is eight teaspoons but the typical American can include over 20 teaspoons of sugar a day in their diet without even realizing it!

>>>> It’s so easy to eat a lot of sugar in your diet!

So many food products have an alarming amount of sugar in them!

* Take a simple piece of white bread, which contains a whopping three teaspoons of sugar! Three slices, and you’re already going to be over the daily recommended limit for sugar consumption.

* A simple bowl of cereal like corn flakes or Cheerios carries the same amount of sugar (about three teaspoons).

* When you think about it, if you have a bowl of cereal and a sandwich with two slices of white bread, by the time lunch is over you could possibly be over your recommended daily sugar limit (and that doesn’t include juice, tea or coffee).

>>>> Americans are eating too much sugar!

There are consequences to a high sugar intake, and this includes foods with high-fructose corn syrup. It should come as no surprise that obesity in America has also been rising along with levels of sugar consumption. In a recent study by the Center for Disease Control’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, it was suggested obesity rates are continuing to increase. Researchers surveyed over 400,000 Americans aged 18+ and discovered the obesity rate increased from 25.6 per cent in 2007 to 26.1 per cent in 2008.

Clearly there is a problem with the typical American diet, which is based on high levels of fat, sugar and salt. You could face many health risks if you consume high amounts of sugar on a daily basis. Some of these include obesity (a given), diabetes, heart disease, tooth decay and increased aging (sugar is the body’s number one ager).

Think about what you’re consuming and how much sugary goodness is packed into the food choices you make. It may be tough to do at first, but reducing the amount of sugar you eat will help your diet and your health in the long run. Gradually reducing your consumption of sugar can make a huge difference, and you’ll put yourself in a position to reduce negative health implications.

Honestly, the sugar high just ain’t worth the health risks!

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