The big deal is just how much sugar and high fructose corn syrup are hidden in our foods and the vast quantities that are now consumed.
According to Whole Health Source, in 1822, the average American ate the amount of sugar found in one 12 ounce soda every 5 days. Now we eat that much every 7 hours. We know that candy, soda and junk food are loaded with sugar. But did you know that crackers, yogurt, ketchup, Popsicles, low fat salad dressing, white bread and buns, and spaghetti sauce are also loaded with sugar? In fact you have to really read the label to find a food product that does not contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
Here is a mind boggling fact. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon. A can of regular soda (12 oz) contains 40 grams of sugar. That is 10 teaspoons of sugar in one soda! The next time you are at the market, notice the rows and rows of soft drinks offered. Most of the containers are 64 oz size! The average male between ages 12-29 drinks 1/2 gallon a day.
What does all of this mean? Well for me...I'm starting a sugar free diet. Yes, that means I am eliminating all (yes all) refined sugar from my diet. I will eat fruits that are naturally sweetened but I'll be checking labels and if it has sugar...I'm not eating it.
I encourage all of you reading this to join me. This will mean consciously drinking more water and having it with me where ever I go. For a sugar craving I will use Stevia natural sweetener and fruit. Increasing foods high in B vitamins and whole grains will also help reduce sugar craving.