It is almost insane to think about the process of producing sugar. Humans utilize certain vegetables or sugar cane (both of which have a diverse array of health benefits) and reduce them to sugar without keeping a single one of their healthy attributes. The end product is an addictive, nutritional black hole of a food that can cause premature death and sickness.
Other stripped carbohydrates that are made in a similar fashion as sugar include white flour, wheat flour, semolina flour, white rice, malt syrup, maltodextrin, levulose, glucose, fructose,corn starch, dextrose, and more. These are one of the primary things that are causing the obesity epidemic across the nation. Sugar, as academic research has concluded, is the worst perpetrator. Men and women of this nation consume, on average, nearly 150 pounds of sugar every single year. That comes out to 173 grams every twenty-four hours.
Here is a quick exercise that will help you put this alarming number in perspective. Four grams of sugar is equal to about a single tablespoon of sugar. So when you are drinking a soda, which often contain as many as forty grams of sugar in a 12 oz can, you are drinking ten tablespoons of the stuff!
When examining sugar and its attributes, it is vital to keep mind that it brings about hunger cravings as it forces your blood sugar levels to fluctuate. The consumption of sugar spurs the release of insulin, a fat-storing hormone. Insulin converts this sugar into energy, and then stores the excess in fat cells located in places like your belly and thighs.
High levels of sugar consumption engender a host of health problems including, but not limited to, high blood pressure, obesity, and increased risk for heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association recommends that people who are hoping to lose weight consume no more than thirty grams of sugar per 24 hours. This is alarming for many people as a single can of a soft drinks contains 30% more sugar than this daily recommended value.