Sugar Consumption is at an Epidemic Level

In the 1900s, the average consumption of sugar was 10 pounds per person annually.  In 1986, the FDA found no reason to put a warning out on sugar as the average consumption per person annually was 40 pounds.  25 years later it has skyrocketed to approximately 250 pounds of sugar per person annually. High fructose corn syrup also adds another 67 pounds of sugary syrup to the 250 pounds of refined sugar.

The development of high fructose corn syrup being added to a number of different foods and the increased consumption of sugared soft drinks is responsible for this increase of sugar consumption.  Along with the intake of sugar, cookies, candies, cakes, breads, crackers, pasta and a number of other foods made from refined and processed grains, are high glycemic foods and, therefore, they easily convert to sugar through digestion.  These refined carbohydrates and sugar are stripped of all their nutrients and, therefore, we are eating calories without nutrients. 

Because of the malfunction between sugar and insulin reaction, Type 2 diabetes has exploded on the scene.  All of the markers of metabolic syndrome X, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity, are the underlying causes for cardiovascular disease and cancer.  The mineral chromium and B vitamins can help control blood sugar levels and the appetite.  Make sure you add a good 50 mg of B complex once or twice daily and 200-600 mcg of chromium.

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Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.

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