Most Americans Consume FAR Too Much Sugar. According to a 2014 study, 10 percent of Americans consume 25 percent or more of their daily calories in the form of added sugars. Most adults (71.4 percent) get at least 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugar. The ramifications of this are significant.
Sugar Feeds Disease. As sugar consumption has risen, obesity and diabetes rates have skyrocketed worldwide. For the first time in history, obese people now outnumber those who are underweight, and half of adult Americans have either full blown diabetes or prediabetes.
Sugar in all its forms is the root cause of our obesity epidemic and most of the chronic disease sucking the life out of our citizens and our economy — and, increasingly, the rest of the world. You name it, it’s caused by sugar: heart disease, cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, and even acne, infertility and impotence.
We need a clear path to detox from sugar, to break the addictive cycle of carb and sugar cravings that robs us of our health. And it only takes 10 days — or less. We need science, not willpower, to reverse this.
- Make a decision to detox. In my book, there are three simple quizzes to help you know you need to detox. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, a sugar detox is your ticket to feeling great quickly and losing weight painlessly.
- Be a turkey (a cold one). There is no way to handle a true physiological addiction except to stop it completely. Stop all forms of sugar, all flour products and all artificial sweeteners — which cause increased cravings and slow metabolism, and lead to fat storage.
- Don’t drink your calories. Any form of liquid sugar calories is worse than solid food with sugar or flour. Think of it as mainlining sugar directly to your liver. It turns off a fat storage machine in your liver, leading to dreaded belly fat.
Researchers found that Americans whose diets are highest in added sugar – the sugar manufacturers add to processed foods and drink, not the natural sugars in fruit or fruit juices – are twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose daily sugar intake is low.
- The average American consumes an astonishing 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Most of that comes from sugar-sweetened sodas and baked goods as well as candy, ready-to-eat cereals and yeast breads. An average can of regular (sugar-sweetened) soda provides 140 sugar calories.
- We’ve long known that excessive amounts of sugar present a threat to health. Earlier research has linked added sugar to the development of high blood pressure, increased triglycerides, low HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and fatty liver problems. It also makes insulin less effective in lowering blood sugar.
- This report reinforces our knowledge that sugar’s negative impact on health can slowly and insidiously accumulate over the years. In my view, the best way to satisfy a sweet tooth is via foods in which the sugar is part of a whole food, such as in fresh or dried fruit (not fruit juice).
Why you should quit sugar:
- High Blood Pressure. Too much sugar in your diet decreases nitric oxide levels, causing blood vessels to become narrow, which causes high blood pressure and an increased risk for cardiac disease.
- High Cholesterol. People who consume too much sugar are more likely to have lower levels of HDL, or good cholesterol, higher levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol, and higher levels of triglycerides, or blood fats.
- Liver Disease. Too much sugar spikes insulin and drives fat into the liver cells, which causes inflammation and scarring, eventually causing the liver to become cirrhotic.
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Unfortunately, it’s less than the sugar in one candy bar or can of soda. This doesn’t include all the natural sources of sugar from fruits, some vegetables and even some whole grains. Many Americans consume close to a whopping 22 teaspoons a day.