We can “just add sugar” to our cereal, our grapefruit, our water (with fruit flavoring), our berries, rice, oatmeal, coffee, soup, and much more.
We enjoy holiday traditions that are centered around eating more sugar. A month and a half after making a resolution that we won’t touch the stuff for a year we buy it for the people we love most in life as an expression of how much we care. I LUV U: Eat more sugar! In October, we send our kids from door to door to collect the stuff. We hang it from our Christmas tree and build cute little houses out of it. Of course this doesn’t include the birthday parties and anniversaries where we can be pressured into eating sugar because everyone else is: “Just have half a slice,” they say.
We use it to keep us awake until late at night so that we can get everything done and then we use it to give us a burst in the morning because we stayed up way too late. We give it a place of honor at our dinner table. You can have it if you eat all of your healthy food.
Sugar and Tooth Decay
When we’ve had too much of it we go and have a tooth-decay expert stick a drill in our mouth and fix some of the problems sugar has caused.
This video explains how sugar destroys tooth enamel:
The Real Cost of Sugar
We know that sugar is bad for your health but you may not know how expensive a habit sugar can be.
We spend $29 billion on candy each year.
We spend nearly $76 billion on soda each year.
We spend $13.7 billion on ice cream each year.
We eat so much sugar that we spend over $1 TRILLION a year to try and fix the damage it causes our bodies.
Think of what we could do with $1,118,700,000,000 a year.
How Much is Sugar is Too Much?
The World Health Organization recently gave recommendations about how much sugar children and adults should have:
WHO recommends a reduced intake of free sugars throughout the lifecourse (strong recommendation1 ).
• In both adults and children, WHO recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake2 (strong recommendation).
• WHO suggests a further reduction of the intake of free sugars to below 5% of total energy intake (conditional recommendation3 ).
• Free sugars include monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods and beverages by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.
Basically: Stop eating so much sugar!
Here are some facts you might now know about sugar: