You’ve heard that you should avoid sugar if you’re trying to lose weight, and I’m sure you remember learning in school that too much sugar causes cavities. Remember those plaque disclosing tablets?
And of course too much of anything is bad for you, right? Everything in moderation.
Watch your sugar intake and everything is good, or so we’re told.
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. We live in a society that loves sugar. Trying to avoid it is like telling a fish it should avoid water. It’s almost impossible.
As a society we each consume about 130 pounds of sugar per year. That’s per person, not per family. In 1882 one person on average consumed 3 pounds of sugar per year.
So when someone tells you to cut back on sugar what does that mean? Cut back to 75 lbs a year? Take it down to 3 pounds per year? Or maybe stop eating it all together? Since the problem has grown gradually it’s hard to know what cut back means. It’s really hard to know how much is a healthy amount of sugar to consume.
Let’s make sure we’re all on the same page by defining what I mean by sugar.