Tonight I was reading through Owlhaven’s blog and started to comment about loosing weight i.e. about cutting out sugars. I did a little more research and found more information about sugar worth sharing.
My Mom always recommended reading, “Sugar Blues” by William Duffy. Read this extraction from his book if you wish. It was banned from being sold in Canada when it was first published in the mid 1970’s. She got a hold of an “underground” copy. He wasn’t the first to write up about the “poison” effects of (refined – added) sugar. Sugar is added into almost everything from the obvious to the hidden and bizarre, it has an addictive nature.
In the 1940’s the average person consumed around 5 pounds of refined sugar per year. The stat in the last couple of years will make you sick, it did me at least! According to the USDA, the average American consumes 64 pounds of refined sugar per year ~ teenage boy… 109 pounds per year!!! Most of that is from Pop (Soda)! Here are some foods with their sugar amounts that are worth checking out.
Now, I’m not a health-nut or granola-head here. I enjoy my can of Coke from time to time and I love my large double double. I’m extremely fond of chocolate and don’t pass up the chance for a treat very often. I do have a sweet tooth and I’m the first to admit it.
But since reading (do a little Google yourself) through the effects sugar has not only on my teeth, gums and waistline… but on my heart and brain, I want to be around to see my children’s children! So I know some changes have to be made. It won’t be easy – sugar is addictive – I hear it’s even in cigarettes.
I will try to change ~ will you be able to lick the sugar habit?