For decades now, we have been steadily increasing our sugar consumption by exponential amounts. As of today it is estimated the average American consumes 53 teaspoons of sugar per day. I know, it sounds absurd and hard to believe. Consider this, that equates to eating a five-pound bag of sugar being consumed by the average person every 10 days. When you consider that your body only has the capacity to safely process 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, you can see there is a problem.
How does this happen? Sugar has now become the #1 additive in all processed food. This happens for 2 reasons. 1- sugar is cheap. It can add to the flavor and substance of a product at very little cost. 2- sugar is addictive. This will cause consumers to want to purchase more of the product. When you consider the average American consumes over 44 gallons of soda per year, and sugar is in nearly every processed food, it is easy to see now you can get to 53 teaspoons of sugar per day.
What are the consequences? Unfortunately the consequences are many.
- Excess sugar consumption has been shown to cause Type II diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and many more chronic diseases.
- Let me focus on cancer alone for a minute, as it is one of the leading overall causes of death in this country. A cancer cell's main source of energy is sugar, as opposed to a healthy cell where it is oxygen. Not only does sugar feed the cancer cells, it also impairs the immune system which will allow for further development of mutated cancer cells. Don't forget that cancer is not caught like a cold. We all have 1,000's of cancer cells floating around in our system. The way to prevent them from taking over is to not continuously provide them with their primary food source: sugar.
What is the solution? First and foremost you need to eliminate soda and processed foods from your diet. This is the primary culprit of sugar in most individuals. If you still are craving sugar, replace it with fresh fruit or a small piece of 75% or more cacao dark chocolate . Always remember though, moderation is still key even when it comes to these types of sugars. The last thing to keep in mind is that "sweetness" is an acquired taste, some may even say an addiction. The more you have it, the more you want it. As you begin to cut back on your sugar consumption you will be amazed that you will eventually crave it less.
In closing, be mindful that ultimately we are responsible for our own destiny. Many times the steps we take to take care of ourselves, is being undermined my the things we are doing to hurt ourselves. Getting and staying healthy requires you to maintain a certain lifestyle EVERYDAY in order to create the results and health you are looking for. Incorporating this philosophy along with regular chiropractic care for a healthy, well-functioning nervous system can lead to a long and healthy life.