Sweets overload

Humans have been sweet on candies for a lengthy time. Before sugar was honey, the available natural sweetener, provided that you weren’t scared of bees. As far back as 8000 BC, New Guinea and Southeast Asian started extracting juice from the sugar cane plant and often chewing it for its sweet flavor (kind of like ancient chewing gum). With the discovery of granulation a couple thousand years later, it was readily transported and gradually introduced to Persia, India and finally the Mediterranean nations across the trade routes. About 510 BC the Persian Emperor Darius invaded India where he discovered “the reed that gives honey without bees.”
During medieval times, sugar was quite expensive and regarded as a fine spice, together with salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and pepper. Although sweetening still relied mainly on fruits and honey (such as dates) it made its way to the West Indies, because of Christopher Columbus, a sweet man, because he carried sugar on his next voyage there, especially to Hispaniola, what is now Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Paradoxically, early Greeks and Romans believed it medicinal. (Oh boy, would not that be good.)
As recent as two hundred years back, when sugar was a premium commodity, the average American consumed only about 5 pounds annually. Nowadays, the typical American consumes a staggering 150 to 170 pounds of sugar in 1 year, which plays out to 1/4 to 1/2 pound every day (picture 30 to 35 five-pound luggage). Yikes. You are thinking, no way, not me. Well, even if you don’t drink soft drinks or carbonated drinks, additional sugar is lurking in so many foods where you may not realize. Sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup are seen in everyday basics which we use liberally with no thought: ketchup, hot dogs, processed foods, Malabar Opossum Removal, canned goods, peanut butter, salad dressings, the list is endless.

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The American Heart Association recommends additional sugars shouldn’t exceed 150 calories daily (37.5 g or 9 tsp) for men; 100 calories each day (25 g or 6 tsp) for girls. Let us take a look:
Juice boxes for children, even though it says 100% juice, may comprise 15 to 22 grams of sugar for a 6 to 8 ounce serving. They may also be drinking soda pop
Lunchables, often found in children’s lunch boxes, 14 grams sugar
Honey Smacks boxed cereal is 60% flat-out sugar (20 gram)
How about these drinks you think are fitter: many popular fruit juices contain over 40 gram in the small size
Your favorite mixed drinks at Starbucks:
Tall Caramel Frappuccino (12 ounce) 46 g
Horchata Almond milk Frappuccino (16 ounce) 66 g
Typical 12-ounce can of soda contains about 8 tsp of sugar. It only takes four 12-ounce cans of pop to equivalent 1/4 pound! For many people, drinking this amount of pop in 1 day is not a challenging task to accomplish. For many, it’s a daily habit; other popular soft drinks average 13 gram to 16 g.
Among the most popular biscuits in your grocers’ shelf:
Chips Ahoy, only 3 biscuits delivers 33 g;
So let us move on to what might not be obvious:
Sports beverage (32 g)
Glazed doughnut 12 gram
One scoop of premium ice cream around 19 g (add 2 T chocolate syrup another 19 g)
Two Tablespoons of Honey Mustard Dressing contains 5 grams of sugar; the same serving of fat-free French contains 7 g, (and few people use only 2 Tablespoons)
Typical granola snack bar 24 gram
(writer’s note: Lots of low or fat-free products contain extra sugar, and Remember that drinking orange juice or apple juice remains sugar)
So just for fun, let’s add up a typical American daily food consumption (average portions) 4 g of sugar equals 1 teaspoon:
Breakfast: orange juice, cereal, coffee (20 g, 12 gram) smoothie or 2 donuts on the run (40 gram or 24 g)
Lunch: away into the fast food joint where you catch a cheeseburger, fries, lots of ketchup and a chocolate shake (9 g, 14 g, 74 g)
Afternoon: mixed coffee pick me up (46 g) or raiding the office vending machine for a candy bar, soft drink (30 gram, 39 g)
Late night snack: peanut butter with crackers (14 g + 2 gram), cola (39 g)
Total: 337 g that translates to a whopping 84 tsp of sugar to the day (and that is conservative). Yikes. (Plus you require a degree in chemistry merely to announce the names.)

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