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How Sweet It Is

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The US diet has changed dramatically in the last 200 years, and not for the better. Our major dietary changes stem from one single factor - the industrialization and commercialization of the American food system. We've turned over the majority of our food preparation to professionals, scientists, and engineers whose interests are not aligned with ours, but with their bottom line.

It's hard to appreciate just how much things have changed, because none of us were alive 200 years ago. Today, in the US most adults consume 22 teaspoons, about 355 calories, of sugar a day. The recommended intake is only six teaspoons , or 100 calories, for adult women, and nine teaspoons, or 150 calories for men.

Go back in time and you'll find that in the early 1800s, Americans were consuming just 3.8 teaspoons of sugar per day. This dramatic increase alone has led to unintentional weight gain, and numerous health risks. The food industry is the root of the problem, and until our government imposes some serious regulations and guidelines in regards to the added sugar, in all it's various forms, that is blatantly added to our food - we're losing the battle.

This info-graphic below was created to demonstrate the alarming increases in sugar consumption over the years and help raise awareness about sugar addiction.


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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LUNADRAGON 5/19/2014 7:44PM

    The book is excellent. I recently edited/proofed the audio edition.

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KITT52 3/30/2014 1:52PM

    wow very interesting....

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CELIAMINER 3/30/2014 9:33AM

    Great infographic! I know how hard I had to work to break my sugar addiction and how easy it is not to become addicted again.

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DUXGRL1 3/28/2014 8:21PM

    Wow, this is really eye opening!

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TERMITEMOM 3/28/2014 4:15PM

    King $...

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1CRAZYDOG 3/28/2014 4:03PM

    Oh it is so important to read, read, read labels. Sugar, salt, fat . . . . hidden everywhere.

Thanks for this information!


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UPPITYANN 3/28/2014 2:20PM



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    I agree with previous comments that we need to take our own actions to eat clean and healthy. If enough of us do, THEN industry and government will follow our lead (and our money).

It always amuses me that costume dramas of bygone eras insist on messing with the actors' teeth. Actually, people in the old days had good teeth because they didn't eat sugar or drink acid (think sodas).

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L*I*T*A* 3/28/2014 11:22AM

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BARBARAROSE54 3/28/2014 10:36AM

    very interesting. emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 3/28/2014 9:51AM

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RITZIBROWN 3/28/2014 9:51AM

    emoticon for the very informative blog. In my own case I found sugar to be addictive. I've been healthier since limiting myself to natural sweeteners (which still can be over consumed if one isn't aware).

Interesting that guests will sometimes comment that home baked goodies aren't as sweet as they are used to. Guess it's like salt addiction emoticon

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GOANNA2 3/28/2014 9:11AM

    An Australian author, David Gillespie, has written
a book called'Sweet Poison', and he says sugar
was used by the upper crust and notes since sugar
has been introduced in most bought foods, our lives
have become problematic with obesity on the rise.
I am trying to go sugar free... Thanks for the link.

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SHERYLP461 3/28/2014 8:23AM

    I have tried and mostly been successful to eliminate added sugar to my diet. I feel that sugar substitutes and not healthy and our bodies react badly to them so they are out. I stick to fruit and honey.

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MSLZZY 3/28/2014 7:24AM

    Sugar is everywhere and it certainly needs to be monitored more closely.

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MADAMES 3/28/2014 6:41AM

    Scary data! I really need to prepare more foods from scratch to avoid the added sugars in processed foods. Thank you for a great blog!

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123ELAINE456 3/28/2014 1:54AM

  Awesome Blob!!! Well Said!!! And all so very true. And very sad. I don't trust the government on anything at all. You can't believe them. You have to do your own research on everything. You have to look out for yourself and family. Eat healthy food and stay away from sugar and process food as much as you can. Thank You Sharon for sharing this with us. Very Informative. Have a Fantastic Day. Take Care.

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GABIBEAR 3/28/2014 12:45AM

    Yes, that is very sad Sharon. I have heard a lot of this on the Dr. Oz show. I personally don't respect the FDA or any government agency who promote sugary foods just because big business puts money in their pockets. I also feel the same about the drug industry. We have to be our own watch dogs and eat as cleanly as possible.

Thanks for sharing this with us! Have a fantastic Friday!

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KATHYJO56 3/28/2014 12:07AM

    emoticon When I saw your title, I thought you would be posting something about sweet little Leah. lol

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2BDYNAMIC 3/27/2014 11:57PM

    emoticon ..... I keep an eagle eye on that 'white stuff' ...... I found if I drank or ate anything sugary ( emoticon ) even mid-day, often I could not get to sleep at night ........... It really is a bad culprit!!! ......... (but can look so attractive and seductive!) emoticon for the good word ........ :)

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UMBILICAL 3/27/2014 11:28PM

  Yes, J.G.

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_CYNDY55_ 3/27/2014 11:28PM

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