On a diet report card, Americans would score a D+ in sugar. We’re coming down from a sugar high of 89 pounds per person in 1999. That mirrors the drop in sugary soft drinks over the last decade or so. Still, 78 pounds of mostly sugar and high-fructose corn syrup is too much. A big chunk of our added sugar comes from sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages, which are linked to a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Who needs ’em?
Other relevant links:
- Do you know how much sugar you should be cutting from your diet for better health? See: Sugar in Food: How Much Sugar Should You Eat?
- Fructose may boost visceral fat more than glucose. See: Sugar and Visceral Fat
- The link between sugary beverages and diabetes. See: Sugar in Food: Are Sugary Beverages Contributing to the Diabetes Epidemic?