Sugar consumption trends of the past 300 years:
- In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 2012, more than 50% of all Americans consume 1/2 pound of sugar per day — translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
In 1890, only 3 people out of 100,000 had diabetes.
In 2012, almost 8,000 out of every 100,000 people was diagnosed with diabetes!
The “sugar rush” has been targeted at our children. American children are consuming about 10 TIMES as much sugar as they were in 1900, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is the average American’s greatest source of calories! Highly addictive HFCS contains fructose and glucose, but they are NOT bound together (as they are in table sugar) so the body doesn’t need to break it down. Therefore, the fructose is absorbed immediately, going straight to the liver, which turns it into fat (VLDL and triglycerides).
These stats look quite similar here in SA. We need to pay attention South Africans – this is enemy no 1 for Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease, Cancer and the rest of the Big 5 on Disease statistics…..