Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Effects of Sugar

According to the USDA, the average American consumes between 150-170 pounds of sugar annually! Thinking that's not too bad? Break it down, and we are consuming between 1/4 - 1/2 pound of sugar per day!

It hasn't always been this way; in fact, 100 years ago we only consumed an average of 4 pounds per year!

Wondering how this delicious white substance can cause so many problems?

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20 Reasons Why Sugar Ruins Your Health...
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system
2. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium
3. Sugar can weaken eyesight
4. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia
5. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children
6. Sugar contributes to obesity
7. Sugar can cause arthritis
8. Sugar can cause heart disease and emphysema
9. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis
10. Sugar can increase cholesterol
11. Sugar can lead to both prostate cancer and ovarian cancer
12. Sugar can contribute to diabetes
13. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease
14. Sugar can make or skin age by changing the structure of collagen
15. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides
16. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention
17. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines
18. Sugar can cause depression
19. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer's disease
20. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives
{Adapted from 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health, By Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.}

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