Day 6 and 565 Cans of Soda!
“The average American consumes 3 POUNDS of sugar each week. That’s 3550 pounds in a lifetime. Equal to 1,767,900 skittles. Enough to fill an industrialized dumpster.”
“The average American consumes 53 gallons of soda a year. Let’s do the math. 128 ounces in a gallon times 53. That’s 6,784 ounces. Or just to simplify it, that’s 565 cans of soda a year.” ~ The American Heart Association
You may be surprised how much sugar is hiding in your foods!!! Check your labels and serving sizes.
Here are some other lifestyle diseases that can be caused by eating too much sugar:
- Diabetes: Consuming too much sugar in your diet can lead to obesity, which increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. People with this condition don’t produce enough insulin and aren’t sensitive to what is produced in the body. Blood sugar levels aren’t regulated properly leading to thirst and tiredness and damage to blood vessels, nerves and organs if left untreated.
- Heart disease: Obesity also raises blood pressure and ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) levels while lowering levels of ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL), contributing to increased risk of heart disease.
- Fatty liver disease: Excess sugar can be stored as fat in the liver; which has been linked to increased risk of diabetes and cancer.
- Tooth decay: When we eat sugary foods, bacteria in our mouths break down the carbohydrates and produce acids that dissolve minerals in our enamel. The longer the sugar is in contact with teeth, the more damage bacteria can cause.
- Bad moods: Sugary foods can give you a quick burst of energy by causing a sharp increase in blood sugar, but when levels fall this can make your mood dip. This cycle can make you feel irritable, anxious, and tired.
Have you found where sugar is hiding in your house? What changes have you made the week?