“I bought a five-pound sack of sugar. Now I just need to buy a cup of coffee to dump it in.”
― Jarod Kintz
“Want a Coke?” Abra asked. “Sugar solves lots of problems, that’s what I think.”
― Stephen King, Doctor Sleep
On March 5th this year, CBS news reported that the World Health Organization was lowering its sugar intake recommendations from 10 percent of your daily calorie intake to 5 percent. That would be six teaspoons for a 2000 calorie per day diet. Oddly enough the webpage with this recommendation no longer exists. I wonder if the World Health Organization is feeling some heat from agribusiness? After all this recommendation could have a deleterious on their bottom line because of the 600,000 food products out there, 80 percent have added sugar. We’re talking about everything from soup to nuts like bread, peanut butter, ketchup, supposedly healthy yogurt, barbeque sauce, breakfast cereals, canned fruit, supposedly healthy fruit juices, sweet and sour dishes, pasta sauce, dried fruit, supposedly healthy granola bars, energy drinks, flavored instant oatmeal, salad dressing, coleslaw (it’s the dressing), tomato soup, flavored soy or almond milks, chocolate milk (is gross), most bakery products and Halloween candy. Boo!
Besides all that, who has just one soda a day?
If Americans wise up and abide by the recommend guideline, gigantic food concerns would see a serious dip in sales. The USDA estimated in 2000 that Americans were consuming 150 pounds of sugar per year. I had to pull out my abacus to figure this one out but here goes. Since there are 454 grams in a pound multiplied by 150 pounds per year divided by 365 days in a year it appears that on average, Americans are consuming 187 grams/day, a far cry from the 25 grams recommended in the new standard, or even the 50 grams in the old standard.
So why is getting a sugar buzz such a big problem? Closely linked to obesity but also occurs in people of normal weight, the answer is metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is a group of chronic diseases that will slowly but surely rob you of quality of life and run up your medical costs creating a burden on the system. Experts agree that most of these diseases are preventable with proper diet and life-style. The most common are type two diabetes, heart disease, many types of cancer, hyper tension, insulin resistance, high cholesterol and others.
I created the graphic to demonstrate how one soft drink is almost three times the recommend sugar intake for a healthy diet. Once you take into account all the rest of the meals and snacks for the day, the image would be full of sugar cubes with red dots. And if that doesn’t at least cause you to pause, take a walk through your grocery store and see what the obviously less healthy people have in their grocery cart. If your cart looks similar, it might be an indication of your future health path.
If the sugar buzz has got you down… maybe you hate the way you look and feel, the good news is there are skills and tools that can help you change and even reverse some of the damage already done.
So if you are ready to (d)Evolve™