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The Average American Consumes 156 lbs of Sugar That Are Added Annually.


In accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 156 lbs of sugar that are added annually. Five grocery shelves loaded one pound bags of sugar each. The Centers for Disease Control puts the amount in 27.5 tsps of sugar each day per capita, which translates into 440 calories almost one-quarter of a normal 2000 calorie per day diet. The key word in all the stats is added. Whilst a diet would contain a considerable quantity of naturally occurring sugar, the problem is that were consuming more added sugar in foods. That’s a vital clarification since our brains need sugar to function.

Brain cells need two times the energy required in the body by the rest of the cells. This energy is derived from glucose, the gas of our brains. Sugar isn’t the brains enemy added sugar is. Research suggests that a diet high in sugar reduces the creation of a brain chemical called a brain. Without BDNF, our brains cannot form new memories and we learn a lot of anything. Levels of BDNF are low in people with pre-diabetics and because the quantity of decreases, sugar process worsens and an impaired glucose metabolismdiabetics. Put chronically eating added sugar decreases BDNF, and then the levels of the brain chemical start contributing to insulin resistance, that leads to metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus, that leads to a host of issues.

Once that occurs, your mind and body have been in a destructive cycle that’s hard if not impossible to reverse. Research has also linked low BDNF levels to depression and dementia. More research is being done on this topic, but what seems clear in any case is that per reduced level of BDNF is bad news for our brains, and chronic glucose intake is among the worst inhibitory culprits. Other research has focused on sugars role in overeating. We intuitively know that glucose and obesity have been linked, but of the exact reason why hasn’t been well understood until recently. 

Research shows that chronic consumption of added sugars opaque of the brains mechanism for telling you to stop eating. When oxytocin tissues in of the brain are blunted by over intake of sugar, the flag does not work correctly and you begin asking for seconds and thirds and searching for snacks at midnight. What these along with other studies strongly suggest is that all of us are seriously damaging yourself with unhealthy foods high in additional sugar, and the harm begins with our brains. Seen in this light, chronic additional sugar intake is no less a challenge than smoking or alcoholism.