We have been told that diabetes has doubled worldwide since 1980, we know the sales of high sugar, starch, and artificial sweeteners have so impacted our national palate that even little children, once practically immune from over weight, are now obese in great numbers and Type 2 diabetes is being found in children not yet teens. Boys and girls who once left high school lean as they ever would be, now often are obese, and if lean have the tell-tale pot belly that comes with over consumption of refined carbohydrates.
Just recently read the following, and checked out at the government’s website:
Annual refined sugar consumption in the United States: 1750: 4 pounds per person, per year 1850: 20 pounds per person, per year 1994: 120 pounds per person, per year 1996: 160 pounds per person, per year According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service (www.ers.usda.gov/Data/FoodConsumption), global sugar consumption continues to increase by about 2 percent per annum, and in 2006 and 2007 was expected to reach almost 154 million tons. Note: This does not include the use of other industrial sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup! High fructose corn syrup is now estimated to be the number-one source of calories in the American diet! Increases in obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes correlate almost perfectly with the introduction of HFCS nearly thirty years ago. The average person is consuming 1/3 of a pound of sugar each and every day, which is 5 ounces or 150 grams— half of which is fructose (sucrose is made up half and half of glucose and fructose). This is roughly 300 percent more than the amount that can trigger biochemical chaos.
Gedgaudas, Nora T. (2011). Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life (p. 122). Healing Arts Press. Kindle Edition.