If you’ve ever seen the movie, Mary Poppins, you simply can’t forget the delightful little ditty, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” (I bet you’re singing it out loud right now.) Does it make you wonder if this helped trigger our collective fascination with those little white crystals known as sugar?
Regardless of how it started, it is clear our society is in love with sugar. WebMd states that Americans eat 156 pounds of added sugar each year. That’s over thirty, 5-pound bags for each one of us—double the amount of what we consumed 100 years ago.
The fact that sugar is added to so much of our food is one of the main reasons we are consuming more. Even foods that are considered ‘healthy’—like granola, yogurt, oatmeal, protein bars, etc.—are sometimes loaded with sugar, so reading nutrition labels becomes much more crucial.
Dangers of Too Much Sugar
There are many consequences that can result from consuming too much sugar. It can impact our lives in so many ways and may lead to a host of health issues including the following:
- behavioral problems
- degenerative/organ disease
- immune disruption
- mental illness
- tooth decay1http://sugarscience.ucsf.edu/the-growing-concern-of-overconsumption/#.WlfooN-nFaQ
Sugar Awareness Week
As with most things in life, moderation is key. However, research shows that for many people, eating refined sugar produces characteristics of craving and withdrawal, along with chemical changes within the brain’s reward center, the limbic region.2https://bamboocorefitness.com/not-so-sweet-the-average-american-consumes-150-170-pounds-of-sugar-each-year/ Sugar Awareness Week is a time to think about your own sugar intake habits. Whether you can’t get through the day without some form of sugar OR you are currently living a healthy lifestyle with a moderate sugar intake, you may benefit from taking the Sugar Awareness Challenge to find out how this substance is affecting your body, mind, emotions and life. (We’d love to hear all about your experience, so visit our facebook page and let us know how you did!)