from Ready Nutrition:
I admit it: I’m a little bit addicted to the stuff.
I know it’s terrible for my health, but sometimes I need a fix.
And…the more I have, the more I want.
I used to believe that I was weak…that I simply lacked willpower.
But, lately, I feel a bit vindicated: mounting evidence is showing that the tiny white crystals are VERY addictive.
Sugar is found nearly everywhere. It is in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods purchased in the United States.
The average American consumes anywhere from a quarter to a half pound per day.
Did that sink in?
If so, you probably think I’m terrible at math, or that I made a typographical error.
As outrageous as consuming up to a HALF POUND of sugar per day sounds, it is entirely possible – and common.
It is equal to about 30-60 teaspoons of sugar in a 24 hour period. Still seem like it would be hard to consume that in one day? Well, consider that ONE 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar and 140 calories. And every single calorie comes from…sugar. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon, so ONE can of soda contains almost 8 teaspoons of sugar. Cranberry, pomegranate, grape, and orange juice contain 48 to 63 grams of sugar per 12 ounces…which is 9.6 to 12.6 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
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