I do a fair amount of harping about processed foods, focussing a lot on grains and frankenoils and such. I should talk more about what I consider to be the number one killer in all the world: sugar, especially refined sugar and concentrated forms.
Now, let me show you why. But first, how much sugar is circulating in your entire body at any one time? Let's say you have ideal fasting blood glucose (80 milligrams per deciliter — mg/dl). For an average sized person with a blood volume of 5 liters, that comes out to…ready for this?…ONE 4 gram SUGAR CUBE. Skeptical? Well, let Dr. Michael Eades convince you.
Now, at an average consumption of 156 pounds per American per year, "only" 29 pounds of that is from the sugar bowl. The rest is added sugar in the products most Americans are eating. How much is that? Well, here's what 4,373 of them look like.
At 4 grams each (remember, that's the total volume of sugar in a fasted, healthy person), that block is 17,492 grams, or only 38 pounds (it's actually hollow). That's only 10 pounds more than what the average person gets from the sugar bowl. So, how many sugar cubes does the average American consume, per year? How about 17,690 sugar cubes, meaning that the Average American consumes over seventeen thousand times their normal fasted blood sugar in the space of the year. That means they consume 49 times their blood sugar every day and if they're awake for 16 hours, that's 3 times per waking hour. If we look at it in terms of three meals and two snacks, that's 10 times normal blood sugar per meal or snack.
And it's a mystery to everyone why health is so messed up, consuming that quantity of something that was never in our diets in any quantity before 100 years ago? Instead, we hear endless calls from expert-morons that we need to cut the fat, something that has been part of our diet in significant quantity for eons. Frankly, I'm amazed the problems aren't far worse. What a resilient organ, that pancreas.
So, how do we get so much sugar? Here's how, right here: Sugar Stacks. Keep in mind as you browse through the many illustrations, that each sugar cube represents total blood glucose volume (4 grams) in a healthy fasted individual.
So, one can of cola, 9 times normal blood sugar.
Be sure to get LOW- FAT ice cream. Don't worry that a scoop is five times normal blood sugar.
Uh oh! I think Mrs. Fields uses REAL BUTTER in her cookies. Run away!
Tell me you've never downed a whole bag of these. And how about the movie theater king sized ones?
The HEALTHY LOW-FAT alternative!
Stick with the berries, paleo people!
At nearly 14 times normal blood sugar. Caution: don't get it with the arterycloggingstaturatedfat butter melted on top. That's unhealthy!
At nearly 28 times normal blood sugar, I sure hope they don't use real FULL-FAT CREAM in these. That would really be a lot of FAT!
So, be sure to look at all the pictures over at Sugar Stack, bookmark it and pass it along to family and friends, and pass around this entry as well. Most people have no clue about the massive amounts of sugar they are eating.
And keep another thing in mind: this is based upon average consumption of 155 pounds of sugar per person per year. There are plenty of individuals consuming over 250 pounds per year.