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Sugar Is Making Us Sick!

Sugar and sweets are delicious indulgences, but sugar is making us sick! Too much of it is bad for us and can cause devastating changes to our body and health. Dr. Robert Lustig has studied childhood obesity for 16 years and cross-analyzed numerous studies. He came to the conclusion that sugar should be thought of as an addiction like tobacco, cocaine or alcohol.

Dr. Robert Lustig is currently a member of a 12-scientist team working on “Sugar Science” at the University of California – San Francisco. This group of scientists hope to showcase reputable studies on added sugars and how they impact health. The group has already reviewed more than 8,000 papers and found evidence to support Dr. Lustig’s assertions. They have linked excess sugar consumption to chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, liver and heart disease.

The average Americans consumes 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar a day. This is significantly higher than what the American Heart Association recommends. They recommend 6 teaspoons for women, 9 teaspoons for men, and only 3 to 6 teaspoons for children.

Yet another reason to stay away from sugar!

Information gathered from FOX News.

Sports Drinks Still A Problem At Schools

Soft drinks have been eradicated from the majority of schools, but there are still some sugary drinks, like sports drinks, that are still available to children. A study published in the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine showed that a significant number of students who bought soda in high school fell from 54% in 2006 to 25% in 2011. This is a significant reduction in the percentage of students who had access to soda. But there is still the problem that there are other sugary fruit drinks still available.

Even though sugary drinks like sport drinks or fruit juice are somewhat better for you, they still can contribute to the growing epidemic of obesity in America. According to the study, middle school students’ consumption of sugared drinks fell from 27% to 13%.

Sugary drinks in school are still a problem and should be regulated better, but sports drinks and other fruit drinks should be regulated in schools as well. This will help the growing problem of obesity.

Information from Inquisitr.