Excessive sugar intake is an issue most people struggle with in America and unfortunately, people continue to eat tons of food with sugar although, it’s not beneficial to our health. Sugar is related to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and dementia, but for some reason as a nation we can’t turn the sugar away.
How would you feel if you were diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, or dementia as a result of excessive sugar intake?
Robert Lustig, M.D., “Sugar can act like poison in high doses—and the amount in our diets has gone beyond toxic.”
The statistic show that the typical American now swallows the equivalent of 22 sugar cubes every 24 hours. That means the average woman eats 70 pounds—nearly half her weight—of straight sugar every year.
What is the recommended sugar intake a day?
The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recently released guidelines urging most women to stay under six teaspoons of added sugar per day. People need to look out for hidden sugars in the foods they eat because it’s in everything! Our brains even react to sugar in an excited way. A recent study suggests that sugary cookies could be as addictive as cocaine or morphine. When scientists scanned the brains of subjects who’d just eaten a high-sugar treat, everyone’s nucleus accumbens—the part of the brain that switches on when a person shoots heroin or smokes crack—was lit up like fireworks.
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