There's no way around it. Sugar is bad for you. A new interactive website shows you just how bad and the developers hope their tool will encourage people to adopt healthier lifestyles.
If you're anything like the average American, you eat pounds and pounds of refined sugar. According to the USDA, the average person consumes 150 to 170 pounds annually. A healthy amount is not more than 36 pounds per year.
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That means you need to keep the sugar down to between 25 grams and 37.5 grams per day.
Since sugar is in just about every kind of processed food, many people don't even realize how much they're eating. But this interactive tool could be the eye-opener that gets folks to start reading labels.
The tool comes from The Benenden Healthcare Society in York, England. Users can chose to look at the effects of sugar on a man, woman or five-year-old child.
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Right away, you might guess that too much sugar can cause weight gain and also tooth decay. But sugar affects at least 11 different major systems in your body. The tool lets you peruse those various systems, such as the brain (anxiety, depression, memory loss); skin (wrinkles); circulatory (high blood pressure); and digestive (cramps and bloating); to name a few.
What's particularly disturbing is seeing how it affects young children. Sugar can weaken the immune system and bones and destroy vitamin D and calcium.
Anyone who consumes too much sugar is at risk for developing diabetes.
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"Sugar is a food that is often hard to resist, and cutting sugar out of your diet can be challenging," John Giles Medical Director at Benenden said in a press statement.
But the hope is that more information will lead to better decisions.
via IFL Science