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Is Sugar Worse Than Tobacco?

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Is Sugar Worse Than Tobacco?

Post  Admin on Tue Feb 07, 2012 4:45 pm

According to a just-released report published in the journal Nature, excess sugar consumption is contributing to 35 million deaths worldwide each year, from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer, an even greater burden on public health than infectious diseases.

When it comes to added sugar-not the kind put in foods by Mother Nature, like the sugar in fruit, but the sweetener added to foods and recipes, the top sources are soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks (36 percent of added sugar intake), desserts (19 percent), sugar-sweetened fruit drinks , e.g. those made with some juice as well as added sugar (10 percent), and candy (6 percent). Altogether the average American takes in about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day, the equivalent of 35 two-pound boxes a year. According to the American Heart Association the target should be no more than 6 level teaspoons a day for women, or 9 teaspoons for men.

In addition to soaring sugar consumption, most Americans are also seriously short on healthy items. Only about 25 percent meet the recommended daily produce recommendations of two fruit and three veggie servings. Also, the average intake of whole grains is less than one serving per day, and fewer than 10 percent of Americans eat the minimum recommended three daily servings.

What are your thoughts? Do you need to cut back on sugar? Do you think it should sugar be regulated by the government?


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