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Carcinogenic Sugars Rampant Among Food Supply | See the Numbers

Andre Evans
November 15th, 2011
Updated 11/08/2012 at 5:30 pm
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How much sugar does the average person consume? How does this affect their health? Increasingly it is being recognized that the substantial level of sugar consumption is responsible for many of the health issues the average person faces, including obesity, diabetes, and chronic lethal afflictions like cancer and heart disease.

Products and diets of today are overloaded on sugar, and its overbearing prevalence manifests in many different forms. Most soft drinks contain either sugar or mercury-filled high fructose corn syrup in copious amounts.

Even so-called “healthy alternatives” are loaded up on sugar in many instances. In fact, the sugar content of the product may deceive you. The average snack product and the majority of fast food products contain grains or starches that break down into sugar when digested. Even more concerning is just how these products are pushed on unsuspecting consumers.

Candy is cunningly advertised to our children, while boasting the largest amounts of sugar. Nearly everywhere you look, a typical consumer-marketed food product contains some amount of sugar. It’s almost impossible to escape it in its myriad of forms, and the conventional artificial sweetener alternatives like aspartame and sucralose are even more unhealthy.

To make matters worse, a growing body of research has found fructose to be as addictive as cocaine.

Most people aren’t even satisfied when they consume these foods. The sweetness of a high sugar content food or drink often provides temporary energy, but no lasting satisfaction or nutritional intake. The body uses a large amount of energy and resources to properly process sugar, and the more you consume, the longer it be exerting this energy. This process may prevent your body from performing optimally, leading you to feel sluggish and tired when consuming sugar-laden foods with no real nutritional substance all day long.

The disturbing aspect is that if nothing changes, the rampant sugar consumption continues, and cumulatively begins bearing down on the wellness of an individual in the form of diseases like diabetes and cancer. Just how much sugar are you consuming on a daily basis? Keep in mind that the recommended amount of sugar to consume on a daily basis is 25g.

  • An average bottle of Coke contains over 60g of sugar.
  • A Red Bull contains up to 27g of sugar.
  • Supposedly healthy Vitamin Water contains up to 13g of sugar.
  • An 8oz Snapple contains up to 23g of sugar.
  • A single Pop Tart contains 17g of sugar.
  • A Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll has up to 55g.
  • Most kids cereals, like Capn Crunch, Frosted Flakes and Trix contain anywhere from 10-12g of sugar per serving.
  • A 16oz Starbucks Mocha Grande Frappuccino contains over 40g of sugar.
  • On average, a pint of ice cream contains up to 80g of sugar, about 20g per serving.

This is just a smidgeon of examples, but knowing that these foods are eaten daily and usually in large quantities illustrates the massive nature of sugar over consumption. It is no surprise that fructose has been noted as the number one source of calories in the average American’s diet. The average person is said to consume 1/3rd of a pound of sugar each day, which equates to over 150g of sugar- six times the recommended 25g.

The fact is that the average diet is absolutely teeming with unsafe quantities of sugar, and as they compound they will undoubtedly lead to disease and sickness. When you are consuming six times what is considered the safe amount of sugar, it cannot possibly end well.

Looking for healthier alternatives will not only help you to alleviate the many negative health effects of sugar over-consumption, but it will also cue you into the fact that a well thought out, nutritional plan will leave you much more satisfied than sugar-loaded processed foods.

Begin to limit your intake of sugar, even if it’s in small steps. Start with one less snack, or substituting a soft drink for water. Add less cream or sugar to your coffee. Replace candy and snacks with more fruits and vegetables. Be aware that even many products being marketed as health-promoting often contain a large amount of sugar. Make sure to check how much sugar is in whatever product you may be purchasing. And in order to keep the sweetness present in your favorite foods, add a little diabetes-crushing Stevia — a natural sweetener that is a great alternative to sugar. 

About Andre Evans:
Andre Evans has studied the connection between mind and body for the majority of his professional career, offering insights as to why we do the things that we do and how to change our lives for the better. Highlighting the extreme power of the mind and the numerous neurological reasons that you may be experiencing a health crisis, Andre breaks down exactly how to melt away your stress levels and enjoy your life the way you should -- naturally.

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  • Chuck

    This title is misleading. Sugar in raw organic form doe snot cause cancer. I don't eat any of that crap you talk about. Eat an organic diet of free range meat, raw dairy, vegetables and fruits, and make things from scratch, using only raw organic sugar.

    • Jack

      Raw foods have nutrients and naturally-occurring sugars that aid the body. I believe this article is talking about excessive amounts of sugar through processed foods and other junk.

      Great points though Chuck. Raw for life.

    • Jenkin

      or honey

      • Anonymous

        Raw local honey! :)

  • Rich

    This article is very misleading. An average person cannot function on 25 grams of sugar per day. Most health expert agree that around 60 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates (this includes refined sugar such as table surgar, HFCS and complex carbs such as potatoes, fruits,grains etc). If this is the case, for average man needing 2000 calories per day, this mean he needs around 300 grams of carbohydrates. Remember, complex carbs will break down to simple sugar glucose which our body needs to function in its biochemistry. It is estimated that our brain needs around 10 percent of daily caloric intake to function properly… which means that around 200 calories from glucose is needed. This amount itself is 50 grams of sugar! When writing an article such as this, more background information should be presented to be fair and balanced.

    p.s. HFCS = evil.

    • Anonymous

      Rich, processed sugars are a not necessary in an optimum diet. HFCS is full of mercury, and processed sugar is depleted of all nutrients.

      • Rich

        I am not advocating refined sugar for consumption. I am just pointing out the wrong information in the article.

        Processed sugar by definition is just that, sugar. sugar is also by definition a nutrient, one of the 3 MACRO nutrients that is needed by the body everyday. (Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats). If you are referring to other micronutrients such trace minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients, then yes, processed sugar lacks those. But you still need sugar.

        And HFCS is NOT full of mercury, ONLY if they are contaminated.

    • aleks

      300 grams of sugar is at least 2700 calories.

      And we don't need everyday a carbohydrates fully diet.

      From excessery carohydrats comes to much fat and colesterol( bad one) being produced.

      We really don't need sweets as it is today consumed .

      Sometimes once in the month it is just a pleasure but never a necessity . From daily bread, potatos , other vegetables and fruits we take more than enough carbohydrates.

      Never get addcited to sugar products. Never.

      Coca-cola and Pepsicola are the worst drinks you can drink.

      Fresh , everything fresh will be the best !

      But where could be found today !

  • Anonymous

    I had no idea I was consuming so much….

  • Lance

    Fructose is the #1 secret killer of this generation.

  • Anonymous

    Good info. Sugar daddies be aware.