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At home I am a very vocal opposer of even moderate; direct sugar consumption. It is just that, most of the processed food we eat is already replete with some amounts of processed sugars. And to sneak in more in direct form is not only pushing the body to the extreme but destroying its natural metabolic state. Until a few decades ago, sugar was consumed in India as jaggery or gudh as they call it in Hindi. It is unprocessed solidified cane juice. High in fiber and low in calorific sugar content. With the advent of sugar factories and production of crystalline sugars, has slowly been shifting usage away from it. Now with soft drinks and other sugary beverages, people seem to forget that thirst can in fact be quenched by water. I have met people in my life who actually drink coke, pepsi, and like, full time … instead of water. We are not only destroying our body’s metabolism, but putting additional pressure on the organs such as the Liver and the Kidneys… to filter out the water from it for everyday bodily usage. I would not be surprised if we find an epidemic of liver and kidney damages in the coming generations. Here is a small news article picked from Business Insider. Please check it out and perhaps if you find it compelling, make the necessary adjustments in your life …

By the way… 🙂 the same applies for salt as well! More about that another time though. Read on…

And of course please do post your comments … would love to hear from you what you feel about this topic.

sourcehttp://www.businessinsider.com/credit-suisse-the-global-sugar-epidemic-2013-10?op=1

A new study from Wall Street bank Credit Suisse exposes the “dietary impact of ‘sugar and sweeteners’ and their role in the on going health debate surrounding obesity and diabetes.”

The accompanying video — “Sugar: Sweet With a Bitter Aftertaste” — visualizes the sorry state of sugar consumption.

The harrowing effect of sugar consumption on American waistlines isn’t necessarily new news, but Credit Suisse does an excellent job of breaking down just how out of control it has gotten (especially in the U.S., where they had to literally adjust the y-axis of one of their charts so that U.S. soda consumption could be mapped).

We grabbed some screenshots from Credit Suisse’s video to break it down.

400 million people worldwide are affected by Type 2 Diabetes.

400 million people worldwide are affected by Type 2 Diabetes.

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4.8 million die of the chronic disease every year.

4.8 million die of the chronic disease every year.

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Costs to the global health care system: $470 billion, representing over 10% of all health care costs.

Costs to the global health care system: $470 billion, representing over 10% of all health care costs.

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By 2020, the number of people affected could be more like 500 million, with costs at $700 billion.

By 2020, the number of people affected could be more like 500 million, with costs at $700 billion.

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Sugar consumption started to change in the 1970s and ’80s, when health concerns centered around rising heart conditions.

Sugar consumption started to change in the 1970s and '80s, when health concerns centered around rising heart conditions.

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The blame was placed on fat.

The blame was placed on fat.

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So we pumped everything with sugar to keep things tasting good!

So we pumped everything with sugar to keep things tasting good!

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Now almost anything you find in the supermarket is jam-packed with sugar.

Now almost anything you find in the supermarket is jam-packed with sugar.

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And it makes up 17% of our diet.

And it makes up 17% of our diet.

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So is this a problem?

So is this a problem?

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Today, the world daily average consumption of added sugar per person is 17 teaspoons.

Today, the world daily average consumption of added sugar per person is 17 teaspoons.

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That’s 45% higher than 30 years ago.

That's 45% higher than 30 years ago.

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The American Heart Association recommends 6 for women and 9 for men.

The American Heart Association recommends 6 for women and 9 for men.

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The US ranks #1 in consuming sugar and caloric sweetener. USA! USA! USA!

The US ranks #1 in consuming sugar and caloric sweetener. USA! USA! USA!

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With an average of 40 teaspoons per person per day.

With an average of 40 teaspoons per person per day.

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This is a problem for the future. The US ranks #2 in childhood obesity.

This is a problem for the future. The US ranks #2 in childhood obesity.

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And has a high prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes.

And has a high prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes.

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Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Australia are close behind the US, with an average of 35-38 teaspoons per person per day.

Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Australia are close behind the US, with an average of 35-38 teaspoons per person per day.

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Around 43% of added sugar in our diets come from sweetened beverages.

Around 43% of added sugar in our diets come from sweetened beverages.

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Type 2 Diabetes is linked with full-calorie sodas. Just one can of soda is about 8 teaspoons of sugar.

Type 2 Diabetes is linked with full-calorie sodas. Just one can of soda is about 8 teaspoons of sugar.

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We digest soda quickly and easily without feeling full. Of course, genetics also has to do with how each person interacts with sugar.

We digest soda quickly and easily without feeling full. Of course, genetics also has to do with how each person interacts with sugar.

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The good news is that there has been a public perception shift.

The good news is that there has been a public perception shift.

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But knowledge here is highly based on where you live, income, and level of education.

But knowledge here is highly based on where you live, income, and level of education.

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Governments can’t ignore the socioeconomic impact of sugar consumption. Credit Suisse believes taxation is an option to fund growing health costs and reducing sugar intake.

Governments can't ignore the socioeconomic impact of sugar consumption. Credit Suisse believes taxation is an option to fund growing health costs and reducing sugar intake.

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As Big Tobacco learned, taxation is effective. And as the sugar epidemic becomes more visible, you may even see something like this down the road.

As Big Tobacco learned, taxation is effective. And as the sugar epidemic becomes more visible, you may even see something like this down the road.

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