It is estimated that the average American consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar per day! That equates to over 8,000 teaspoons per year!
This amount is definitely alarming considering that this is about six times the amount that people ate in the 1700’s. And the amount they ate likely consisted of more healthful sources like fruit rather than the highly processed foods we eat today.
What’s worse is that many food manufactures today are using fructose or high-fructose corn syrup. They choose these products because they are so cheap and are about 20% sweeter than regular sugar!
Dr. Robert Lustig of the University of California says that the body can metabolize about 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. Americans these days are consuming nearly four times this amount!
So the big question is: What happens to all the excess sugar that the body cannot metabolize?
Well, most of it is metabolized into body fat, which leads to all the chronic metabolic diseases that are so prevalent in our society.
This leads to the next question: What are some of the effects of eating excess sugar on your health?
Try tracking how much sugar you eat for a day so you can see where you are at! Generally, everyone should be reducing sugar as much as possible- especially from processed foods. And be aware- sugar can hide under more than 60 different names on food labels!
If you find you are eating too much sugar and you don’t know how to reduce it or are having a hard time, check out our Holistic Nutritional Coaching for some help!