Just a spoonful of sugar...

The New York Times recently had some articles on sugar consumption and health. The average American eats or drinks 42 ½ teaspoons of sugar a day, which amounts to 15% of daily calories. Most of this is in sodas, energy drinks and fruit juice. However, 80% of the packaged products on our grocery store shelves contain sugar even if they are not -sweet.

Eating and drinking items with added sugar causes obesity, tooth decay, and increases the risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, gout, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease –which can lead to cirrhosis without alcohol intake- and earlier death. High fructose corn syrup is metabolized in the liver and increases fat production and fat deposits. We do not feel full after ingesting fructose. We just keep eating or drinking it. On the other hand, glucose/natural sugars are used by the body for energy and helps us to feel full.

We all want to live long, be slim and fit and avoid disease. We know eating a whole food plant-based diet is the gold standard for accomplishing these goals. Let’s not forget to avoid added sugars.