Not So Sweet Sugar Facts


  Rethink your drink!

Soda contributes more sugar to our diets than any other food. Some fruit drinks and canned teas are also high in sugar content, with 20 to 30 grams per one-cup serving.

One 330ml can of Coke contains around 160 calories. Assuming you drink one can of Coke every day: that’s 4800 extra calories every month or 1.4lbs. In a year, that adds up to 57,600 extra calories or 16.8lbs. Granted, you will not be gaining an absolute 16.8lbs since our body metabolism adapts accordingly from consuming more/less calories, but you will clearly be gaining weight by drinking Coke/soda drinks over other healthier, lower calories options.

 5 pounds of fat

  • Today, an average American consumes 2-3 pounds of sugar each week. While at the end of the 19th century (1881-1890), the average American consumed only 5 lbs. per year.

  • Over the last 20 years, sugar consumption in the U.S. has increased from 26 pounds to 135 pounds of sugar per person per year

  • Sugar consumption includes highly refined sugars that are incorporated into many of the foods we eat (bread, peanut butter, condiments, sauces, etc.). Some of these are better known as sucrose (Table Sugar), dectrose (Corn Sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup.

  • 4 classes of simple sugars (sucrose, fructose, honey, and malts) are deemed "harmful" to optimal health when long-term consumption is over 15% of carbohydrate calories ingested. Hint....complex carbohydrates (veggies, beans, legumes, whole grains) are the way to keep this number below 15%.

  • Simple sugars have been documented to contribute to and/or aggravate health problems, including: asthma, mood disorders, mental illness, nervous disorders, diabetes, heart disease, gallstones, hypertension, and arthritis.

  • Sugar raises insulin levels, inhibiting the release of growth hormones which depresses the immune system. Further, too much insulin promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat foods that are high in sugar, you're enabling rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.

  • Sugar has no real nutritional value (minerals, vitamins and fiber) and as a result, has a deteriorating effect on the endocrine system, causing sugar consumption to be one of the 3 major causes of degenerative disease.
  • Turns out that cancer's preffered fuel is none other than glucose. Controlling one's blood-glucose levels through diet, exercise, supplements, meditation and prescription drugs- when necessary- can be extrememly important to a cancer treatment program.
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