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America’s Sugar Epidemic – Part I

Posted Sep 11 2009 10:22pm

Recently the American Heart Association published  alarming statistics on American’s average daily consumption of sugar — a whopping 22 teaspoons per day  – as well as guidelines for what we should be consuming (6 teaspoons for women, 9 teaspoons for men).  Finally!  It’s about time a health organization finally called the obesity epidemic for what it truly is:   asugar epidemic. 

Did you know that the number one source of calories in America is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in soda? A typical can of soda contains 40g per can — almost double the total daily amount recommended by the AHA for all sugars consumed. The consumption of HFCS increased a whopping 10, 673 % between 1970 and 2005. In addition to sodas and juices, HFCS is used to sweeten virtually all processed, packaged foods these days because it’s cheaper than sugar. It’s even a prominent ingredient in foods that aren’t inherently sweet, such as Campbell’s tomato soup (12g of sugar from HFCS) and commercial spaghetti sauce (11g in a half-cup serving), not to mention barbecue sauce and salad dressing.   

By the way, HFCS isn’t the only sugar you need to look out for in processed foods. Sugar comes in many different disguises. Check labels for sugars under many other names, including: fructose, glucose, dextrose, maltodextrin, rice syrup, dextrose, maltose, sucrose, galactose and molasses. More on America’s sugar epidemic and how to decrease your sugar intake   in my next post.

Be Well, 

Carolyn

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