Find out where most of the added sugar in your diet lurks


Sophia Counter, Journalist

We consume sugar on a daily basis, but how much of it is actually good for you? From sugary drinks, candy, and dairy, to savory foods, like breads, baked beans, and protein bars, all contain rather high amounts of sugar, making it all too easy to end up with an overwhelming amount of sweet stuff. According to “it is not necessary to include sugary foods or added sugars in the diet in order for your body to make energy.” Although your body does need some carbohydrates, processed sugars are not essential for your diet. All of the sugary foods that make your mouth water can be the potential source of deadly health problems later in life. So how much sugar should you be consuming daily? n an article by Harvard University they state, “the AHA suggests an added-sugar limit of no more than 100 calories per day (about 6 teaspoons or 24 grams of sugar) for most women and no more than 150 calories per day (about 9 teaspoons or 36 grams of sugar) for most men.” There is no nutritional benefit when eating added sugars, when you eat too much sugar it is essentially killing your body. The most common form of sugar is fructose, it is found naturally in fruits and some vegetables. High-fructose corn syrup is the processed added sugar that isn’t needed but tastes so good and makes you want more. When your body consumes the corn syrup, like all food it directly affects your brain. There are foods that make you want more, and foods that you eat and your brain doesn’t like it. For the majority of the population, food that contains this add in your brain likes. According to UCLA newsroom, “Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases.” The list of diseases contain the more obvious, diabetes, digestion problems, heart clogging, but there are studies that show high consumption of this processed syrup can lead to ADHD and even Alzheimer’s. The average American consumes roughly 7o grams per day. When you do the math, that translates into around 60 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, for every person. In terms per capita, The United States consumes the highest amount of sugar per year. The highest consumed and highly advertised, are sugary drinks, especially sodas. One of the biggest companies in the world is Coca-Cola, owning more than 500 brands, Sodas are an excellent wellspring of additional calories that can add to weight, acquire and give no dietary advantages. Studies show that fluid starches are going under investigation for their commitments to the advancement of type 2 diabetes, coronary