Sugar's Dirty Little Secrets
Americans may have a sweet tooth but this love for sugar is not so sweet for our health or waistline. A study recently published in JAMA has connected excess sugar consumption to heart disease. Sugar has also been linked to increased risk for type 2 diabetes as well as obesity.
On average, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of sugar daily. This amounts to 350 empty calories which can increase weight by 36 pounds per year! By contrast, the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommends only 6 teaspoons per day of added sugar for adult women and 9 teaspoons daily for adult men. “Added sugar” refers to sugar added to foods and drinks by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, including all sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. To determine the amount of sugar in a specific product, food labels display the total amount in grams right on the package (4 grams of sugar is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar).
Still wooed by sweets? Check out the soon to be released movie, That Sugar Film,which follows the story of Damon Garneau, a healthy man who decides to experiment with a high sugar diet. Through his journey, Damon faces unexpected negative consequences. Along the way, he learns many shocking truths consumers should know about sugar, the industry, and much more. This film will definitely give you pause next time you reach for a cookie! Click on the link to see a preview of the film.