Sugar's Effect on Your Health
The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora ofmicrowave meals.
In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. 26 pounds to 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year! Prior to the turn of this century (1887-1890), the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year! Cardiovascular disease and cancer was virtually unknown in the early 1900's.
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Here is a list of ways sugar can affect your health: * Sugar can suppress the immune system. * Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance. * Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children. * Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides. * Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children. * Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs). * Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs). * Sugar can cause hypoglycemia. * Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection. * Sugar can cause kidney damage. * Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease. * Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency. * Sugar can cause copper deficiency. * Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. * Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose. * Sugar can promote tooth decay. * Sugar can produce an acidic stomach. * Sugar can