Blog Writers - Wed Mar 05, 2014 @ 06:37PM
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My Top Tips for Consuming Less Sugar

Sugar is everywhere.  Admit it.  Almost everything you eat will contain some kind of sugar (whether natural, refined, or artificial) and it's just an inescapable fact. 

  • In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 2009, more than 50 percent Americans consume 1/2 pound of sugar per day, which is 180 pounds of sugar per year.  That's a whopping 16 TEASPOONS of sugar PER DAY. 

(stats taken from

How did people go from 4 pounds to 180 pounds per year?  First of all, I believe most of the food back then was homemade, and nowadays it is store bought.  So that's one reason.

The second is, we're more used to sugar.  What would've been "way sweet" in the 1800s is not at all sweet to us today.  (If only the people back then tasted iced corn pops!)  On Dr. Mercola's website, it states that you become "sensitized" to sugar as time goes on.

Diabetes has also risen largely.  In 1893, there were less than 3 cases of diabetes per 100,000 people {in the USA}.  Nowadays, we're seeing about 8,000 out of 100,000 people diagnosed.

So how can we reduce our intake?  Stay tuned for a next post, hopefully coming soon, on how to reduce your sugar (Part 2). 

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