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The Dangers Of The Sugar You Eat

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If you’re like many Americans, most of the food you eat comes out of a package. A hidden surprise in many of those comestibles is the large amount of sugar that food companies add to their products. If you value your health, you must be more aware of the sugar you are consuming.

Consider these unfortunate sugar numbers:

  • 27 percent: Your increased risk of obesity if you consume a sugary soft drink every day.
  • 15 percent: Your increased risk of obesity even if you consume soft drinks only “occasionally.”
  • 10 teaspoons: Amount of sugar in a typical soft drink.
  • 7 teaspoons: Amount of sugar in a typical energy drink (250ml).
  • 6 teaspoons: Amount of sugar the typical woman should consume daily, according to the American Heart Association.
  • 9 teaspoons: Amount of sugar the typical man should consume daily, according to the American Heart Association.
  • 60 calories: Calories from sugar a typical American consumed daily in 1914.
  • 540 calories: Calories from sugar a typical American consumes in 2014.
  • 180,000: Global deaths per year attributed to excess sugar consumption.

What you can do to cut back on sugar:

  • Eat fewer packaged foods. Cook from scratch at home.
  • If you need to feed your sweet tooth, eat whole fruits. Avoid supermarket fruit juice.
  • If you make baked goods in your kitchen, cut the sugar you use in half.
  • Add fresh fruit to your desserts instead of sugar.
  • Cut back on restaurant food.
  • Never let a soft drink cross your lips.
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