Who doesn’t like sweet foods? Most of us do. Sugar is added to to baby drinks and cereals. Even babies can “tell” it tastes good and keep asking for more. The more you have, the more you want. This becomes a life-long habit for many and voilà – you are a sugar addict!
Here are some interesting facts about sugar. According to statistics, the average daily intake of sugar 200 years ago was about two teaspoons. This equals the amount of sugar we have in our blood at any one time. Today the average intake of sugar has risen to about 30 teaspoons a day (according to some sources it’s as high as 38!).
It’s hard to believe that you eat this much sugar, but if you know that the average candy bar contains 10-15 teaspoons of sugar and an average soda contains about 7 teaspoons things become more clear. Now think about all these cookies, cereals, coffee, tea and pasta. It all adds up!
In addition, consuming sweet foods is not the only way to increase your blood sugar levels. Stress, coffee, red meat and even salt (!) all effectively raise sugar levels.