My most recent article is covering the reason why we crave sugar, and briefly explains just how bad it is to consume, with regards to the 4 big modern diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity). The topic was inspired by a recent article in the National Geographic I read over the weekend which outlines the amount of sugar being consumed and follows its journey throughout history. It really was quite shocking to find that American are eating about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is about 92.4g of sugar, or 370 Kcals, and trends show that here in the UK we are close behind…
Whilst researching the topic it was very clear that the dangers of sugar has been known for a very long time, if as a species we weren’t addicted to it and it wasn’t a fundamental part of the global economy, I am sure that it would have been made illegal to refine sugar for consumption by now – it is such a massive public health risk!
We all know sugar is bad for us, yet we still add it to our tea/ coffee, drink sugary drinks and eat sweeties to treat ourselves, each time we consume it we damage our body a little bit more.
After researching the topic I went about finding the picture for the header using Flickr, unsurprisingly there are lots of pictures of sugary snacks to chose from and I was spoilt for choice. I found the one I liked, but didn’t know if I should laugh or cry when I saw the comments on the pic. Here are a few next to the image:
“Yoh, need one badly.”
“lolipop…yummy oh yummy”
“…sweets are scientifically proven to make you happy, releasing the seretonium in your brain. cool eh 😉 bring on that sugar rush”
…and so on. It just emphasizes the points I make in the article that people LOVE sugar, and go into an illogical frenzy for it, it is crazy if you think about it.
With this article I have tried to be a little more informal, perhaps a bit more ‘bloggy’, I realize that my previous articles are perhaps a little too formal – so it would be good to know what people think of it!
The article can be read here, hope you find it interesting, and cut back on the sugar 🙂
Image courtesy of anaulin