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April 4, 2008, last updated March 20, 2013

By James S. Stringert, Featured Columnist

If you had to guess how much sugar you consume each
day, chances are that you would be way off. When
Americans think of "sugar", what comes to mind is the
white, grainy stuff we add to coffee. Sugar, technically
called "sucrose" only became popular in industrialized
countries such as the US and the UK, after its production
increased in Brazil and the West Indies, in the 18th
century. Since then, the consumption in developed nations
has grown steadily, while those nations newer to
development, such as China and African nations, lag behind
in sugar consumption.

But granulated white sugar is only a tiny part of the total
amount of sugar Americans consume.

Americans have a love affair with sugar. According to the
latest data by the United States Agriculture Department, the
average American consumes 156 pounds of sugar each
year.  
That's 156 pounds. In contrast, Chinese per capital
sugar consumption is only 7.6 kilograms (about 16.7
pounds a year) , according to a report from the United
Nations Food and Agricultural Organization. That low
number for China is expected to explode in the coming
years, with rising incomes.

The bulk of the 156 pounds of sugar we Americans
consume comes from sodas and soft drinks. They account
for 33% of the 156 pound total.

Other sources?  Chief culprits include crackers, yogurt,
ketchup, and peanut butter,.  These are loaded with
high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).   If we rank sugar like
music, then HFCS is Number 1 with a bullet.  HFCS is
rocketing up the consumption charts, according to the
World Health Organization (WHO), growing at an annual
rate of 3.5%, twice as fast as table sugar.

Sugar By Any Other Name

Shakespeare said "A rose by any other name would smell
as sweet". The same applies to sugar. Sugar in white table
form is called sucrose, as we've said. But many other forms
of sugar exist, and you need to track them wherever they
appear in your diet. Dextrose, glucose fructose, and
diastatic malt are common names for sugar in various forms.

Here is a sample of the Daily Sources of Sugar:

1. Soft Drinks, 33%, 51.5 pounds a year.

2. Prepared Foods (think ketchup, peanut butter, canned
vegetables, canned fruit), 26%, 40.5 pounds per year.

3. Sweetened fruit drinks, 10% ,15.6 pounds per year.

4. Candy and cake, 5% 7.8 pounds per year.

5. Cereal, 4%, 6 pounds a year.

Other sources of sugar my surprise you."People are often
surprised that a low-fat product may not be that different
in calories" than regular products, says Connie Crawley,
nutrition and health specialist in the College of Family and
Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia. "A good
example is fat-free or low-fat salad dressing, which can be
high in sugar."


Ready to battle the sugar demon in your diet? Experts
suggest that you take one enemy at a time. Try curbing the
amount of sweetened soft drinks you consume and the
number of sweetened fruit drinks you give your children.
Then maybe eliminate ketchup once or twice a week.  Little
by little, you will have thrown out 29 or 30 pounds of
sugar from your annual diet.  Only 126 more pounds to go!

But take heart. Here are
some foods which have been
shown to curb your taste for sugar naturally.


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