Americans have increased sugar consumption from 26 lbs. to 135 lbs. per person per year in the last 20 years. Before1890, the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year.
Although the USDA recommends we intake no more than 10 teaspoons of sugar a day, the average American downs about 34 teaspoons - more than three times as much, according to Reader's Digest.
For reference, 4.2 gms is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of sugar, which is about 1 sugar cube.
Sugar is a major culprit for overweight and obesity in this country and also blamed for raising insulin level. If you want to avoid diseases, sugar intake should be minimized as its major drawbacks is raising the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones and in turn depresses the immune system.
Food labels include sugar levels and we all know the facts about sugar but here is an impressive presentation of looking at it, with its visual images creating instant effect and lasting memory.
Check out this unique way to present the sugar level for some of common foods that we daily consume: