The average American today consumes a great deal of sugar. No matter how you spin it, it’s not a good thing. It has been noted that on average, a person today consumes upwards of 150 pounds of sugar a year. This trend is not something that changed overnight, it’s been a steady rise that some have called “mind blowing” in nature.
Sugar Consumption Through The Years
When looking at the history of food, and you start to analyze the consumption of sweets, an interesting pict ure starts to come to light. For instance, if you were to look back to 1822, the average person only consumed about 45g of sugar. That’s roughly only a can of soda, a year! Around the time of 1900, people only consumed about 5 pounds of sugar annually, which doesn’t seem so bad but the trend upwards most certainly started. It was in 1970 that the shift really took a boom as the overall consumption of sugar turned in an average of 26 pounds a year. If that wasn’t frightening enough for you, consider that today, the average person is downing 150 pounds and there has been a systematic rise in blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and so much more.
The American Heart Association Weighs In
The American Heart Association’s guidelines limit the consumption of sugar to 9.5 teaspoons for an average adult. With that in mind, studies have shown that the average American is consuming around 22 teaspoons a day, and the average child is taking in even more at around 32 teaspoons a day. That’s more than double the recommended equivalent that the American Heart Association states should be the norm.
Sugar By Any Other Name
Don’t be fooled by clever words on the label, sugar hides behind a lot of names, and historians have catalogued these changes. Even “no calorie” sweeteners that claim to be derived from sugar, can pose serious health risks. Some of the other names that sweeteners hide behind include, corn syrup solids, can sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, sucralose, cane juice, saccharin, aspartame, crystalline fructose, and more. Sweetness by any name does not equate to better health, and for that reason should be avoided in high amounts. It’s alarming to see the trend of sugar consumption across the years, and if current trends prevail, in short time, the average person could be taking in upwards of 200 pounds of sugar, and healthy living will be even more difficult to manage.