Sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is incredibly damaging to our bodies. Not to be confused with the natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables, the problem lies in the highly refined, processed, and even fabricated sugar that’s added to the majority of readymade food products that people consume on a daily basis.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), nobody should have more than 37 grams of added sugars daily. Some doctors even recommend less than that. This is because multiple studies have shown that sugar is both literally making us stupid, and slowly killing us at the same time.
For example, a recent UCLA study determind that it is lowering our IQ. They found that a diet high in fructose, which is added to juices, snacks, and almost all other packaged foods normally considered to be generally healthy, can slow the brain, hamper memory. and disrupt learning. (source)
Paul van der Velpen, head of Amsterdam’s health department, warns that sugar is a dangerous, addictive drug. He believes that sugary foods and soft drinks should have warning labels similar to those on cigarette packages to inform people of their increased risk for obesity, diabetes, and other health concerns when consuming such products. (source).
Dr. Francesco Leri, an Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada said that addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic. Professor Leri also said we have evidence in laboratory animals of a shared vulnerability to develop preferences for sweet foods and for cocaine. (source)
David Kessler, a former head of the Food and Drug Administration, believes that sugar is just as addictive as cigarettes, arguing that it is highly pleasurable, giving you a powerful, momentary bliss. According to him, when you’re eating food that has this hedonistic quality, it sort of takes over your brain. (source)
Soda is a great example. According to these statistics, Americans consume close to 50 billion liters of soda per year, which equates to about 216 liters, or about 57 gallons per person. That is a colossal amount of high fructose corn syrup.
Tragically, high fructose corn syrup in the form of soda has become the number one source of calories in the United States, and it is very clear that it is the primary cause of the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics. It has also been linked to various other diseases.
Here is a video of a BBC journalist showing a Coca-Cola president how much added sugar is in a drink of coke, and here is a chart showing what happens to your body one hour after drinking a can of coke.
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