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What is the sugar monster, you ask? It is alive and well in most foods and drinks in America

It is intruding our lives, young and old alike. It is wreaking havoc on our health in many ways. It is at the root cause of type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. Some experts even say sugar contributes to the rise in cancer. What is this monster, and why can’t we control it? WE CAN! If we are educated and informed.

When I teach workshops I speak of the ingredients in our food and drink that contribute to an epidemic known as insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome. There are four main signs that you might be considered insulin resistant: high blood pressure, obesity in the belly region, high cholesterol or a bad ratio of HDL/LDL, and sugar issues such as hypoglycemia or type 2 Diabetes. The sad news is that a person only needs 2 out of 4 of these signs to be considered as having metabolic syndrome.

Some of the ingredients that have found their way into our resources that contribute to this epidemic are items such as high fructose corn syrup, MSG, aspartame, hydrogenated oils/partially hydrogenated oils, and the good old sugar itself. Pay attention to the foods, drinks, condiments, gums and mints you are purchasing. Start to add up all of the teaspoons of sugar you are consuming in a day or a week. It is astounding. To figure this out use the formula of 1 teaspoon of sugar is equal to 4 carbohydrates. For instance, one 12 ounce can of soda has approximately 39 carbohydrates, divide that by 4, that equals about 10 teaspoons of sugar! That is just one can.

According to The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) the average consumption of sugar per person today is between 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugars in one year! To put that in perspective, in the 1900’s the average consumption was 4 to 5 pounds per person per year. And we wonder why we have an epidemic of all these illnesses, and obesity? There is no wonder.

We teach clients to become mindful of what they are purchasing and to make baby steps towards eliminating the excess. Sugar is a legal drug and poison. We are not winning the war as a country. It is imperative for our health to become more educated, and to fight back against this terrible epidemic. It starts with eliminating those products, and maybe the manufacturers will get the message when we stop buying their goods. Get rid of the monster!