09 Jun Dark Facts About Sugar
Everyone’s an addict, but only few know. The food industry (FI) has pumped out foods with sugar for decades now, but it’s time people really understand what that means.
The sugar in our food is synthetic, abundant, and addicting. You may not feel like you’re addicted to sugar, but the most important part of recovery according to research is there and plentiful. For example, there was a study done on rats addicted to cocaine. When they had the option of cocaine or sugar, they picked sugar. Drug addiction and substance abuse is becoming a big problem in the states, if you are addicted or know someone who needs help, please visit this article about http://firststepbh.com/blog/end-opioid-addiction-pompano-rehab-center/.
And the effects of sugar overconsumption are devastating. According to a study done by Credit Suisse, 30-40% of healthcare spending in the US is related to the excess consumption of sugar. In other words, our country spends $1 trillion a year because we eat too much sugar, which could be spent in other areas (education, infrastructure, other health care costs). Sugar costs us, both at a fiscal and physiological level.
The amount of sugar in almost all of our daily foods, even the “healthy” ones, are all almost over 50% of the daily value suggested for 2,000 calorie diets.There is little escape from the grasp of the FI and sugar addiction––soda pop and potato chips are found in almost every vending machine in the US. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, in 2010, sugar drinks were the single largest source of calories in the average American’s diet. We are shoving sugar down children’s throats in school lunches and after school snacks, causing a spike in disorders such as ADHD and childhood obesity.
Those cravings you feel for sugary foods after you’ve recently eaten candy is that addiction to sugar wanting more and more. The evidence is there, lives have been threatened, yet sugar is a profitable commodity and incredibly cheap so the FI will continue to pump it into foods.
Examples of foods with sugar added include: salad dressings, breads, and “healthy” fruit smoothies. You may have no idea that you are eating refined sugars due to the FI’s smart and deceiving packaging which labels food as “healthy,” when in reality this is far from the truth. Moreover, companies as of now are not required to note how much of your daily recommended sugar intake you are consuming in whatever food you are eating.
It’s time for a change, now. You can make a difference by making healthy choices, and choosing products that are low in fat and sugar to limit your daily intake. But most importantly, it’s important to get the word out. Tell your friends and family about the dangers of refined sugars. Stop eating excess sugar, and most of all, don’t trust the FI.
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