Recent statistics show the grossly efficient consumption of high calorie sweets and sugar seems to have played a significant role in the expansion of American’s waistlines. Before 1900, sugar was a luxury item, enjoyed only on special holidays and occasions. In the last one hundred years, sugar use has doubled. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, between 1970 and 1993 the annual consumption of corn sugar alone increased from 19 to 79 pounds per person! For the last decade, overall sugar consumption rose nearly 1.7 percent a year. In 2002, the average American consumed 170 pounds of sugar, 20 percent of it from sodas. Along with this expanding consumption, our waist sizes have grown proportionately! Be careful about your sugar intake, for those extra empty calories may be affecting your weight.
(Source: Mercola, Joseph. “The No-Grain Diet.” Penguin Books Ltd. New York, New York. 2003 p. 21)
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“What lies behind you, what lies ahead of you, pales in comparison to what lies within you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson