Obesity-related conditions including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers are some of the leading causes of preventable death. Typically, the medical approach to these health problems simply focuses on the disease and symptoms. It disregards the underlying factors that may be causing the crisis altogether.
According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, solid fats and added sugars should account for no more than 5-15% of their caloric intake. Currently, Americans are consuming an average of 800 calories per day of solid fats and added sugars. That is over 35% of our overall diet! It is recommended that no more than 8 teaspoons per day of added sugar, based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet, should be consumed. In other words, to stay in a healthy range, a person should not have more than 32 grams of added sugar per day. This is especially true if you’re already overweight, are trying to lose weight, or already have blood sugar problems.
It’s also important to realize that there are different types of sugar and they are hidden everywhere. Most people recognize the sugar in cookies, candies, and soda; yet, they often fail to realize the amount hidden in the carbohydrates consumed each day. Unfortunately, even the obvious sugars that should be avoided are not. Soda and energy drinks account for over 35% of American’s added sugars.
Let’s compare Coca-Cola to several fruit juices.