Sugar, Sugar

No, we’re not talking about The Archies’ 60’s hit, but the epidemic of sugar consumption in the
United States!
When you eat or drink sugar the sudden energy surge your body experiences is followed by
an insulin surge that rapidly drops the blood sugar level—so two hours later, you feel famished and
tired. To keep an even keel, replace simple carbohydrates with complex ones so the absorption is
more controlled and you experience long-term satiety. While sugar should be eaten, it should come
together with fat or some element like fiber—as you would find in fruit—so you can absorb it a bit
more slowly.
In a recent study done by the USDA, it was reported that the average American consumes 134
pounds of refined sugar every year, or approximately 20 teaspoons of sugar per day. As hard as this
may be to believe, consider the following facts:
A 12 oz. can of Pepsi‘ contains 10 teaspoons of sugar
A 2 oz. package of candy contains 11 teaspoons of sugar
A 16 oz. cup of lemonade contains 13 teaspoons of sugar
A cup of Frosted Flakes‘ contains 4 teaspoons of sugar
This high level of sugar intake is very unhealthy and contributes to obesity, Type II diabetes, heart
disease due to elevated triglycerides, kidney stones, dental caries, chronic tiredness and reactive
hypoglycemia. Decreasing your sugar intake is as simple as avoiding foods that are high in refined
sugars, such as soft drinks, candy, cake and donuts, as well as most condiments. When you
purchase sweetened food, look for products that are sweetened with apple juice or stevia, rather
than sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
In other words, cut the sugar, Sugar!