No, it’s not a person. It’s not actually a living organism at all. It’s sugar. What? No way! Yes, way. Sugar has been linked to numerous fatal diseases, and even some mental illnesses. It’s been proven that even dietary sodas, and juices still have too much sugar.
What do we do? Well, first, here are some facts:
According to the CDC, about 610,000 people die every year from heart disease. Heart disease is the build-up of plaque in the arteries, which can eventually impede blood flow.
It’s the leading cause of death in women and men in the United States. Roughly 289,758 women die every year because of the disease, most without experiencing any symptoms.
Things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes can increase the risk of developing heart disease. These risk factors are often exacerbated by poor diet and an inactive lifestyle.
Your diet shouldn’t include 2-5 sodas and juices a day, along with greasy and fattening food. In just one can/bottle of soda, there are between 10-16 teaspoons of sugar.
The American Heart Association’s recommended intake of sugar is up to 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 for men. Just one soda has way more sugar than that!
If you’re drinking 3 sodas a day, you’re consuming at least 30 teaspoons of sugar. That doesn’t include all of the other sugar-loaded things you ingest.
In addition to heart disease, sugar has been linked to mental illness. According to Psychology Today, there’s been studies that show correlation between sugar and anxiety, depression, memory, and get this: addiction.
Yes, you read that right. Sugar is addictive, which is all the more reason to decrease your intake of it. I mean, isn’t that part of why things like cocaine, meth, and heroine are illegal? Isn’t that the main thing people mention when they oppose the legalization of weed?
Well, sugar is actually addictive, and it can lead to death, diabetes, and obesity. So, if you can’t knock it, at least curb it. You owe it to yourself to ingest things that are friendly to your body.
Remember: No more than 6 teaspoons a day for women, and no more than 9 for men. Drinking tea may help in preventing some diseases. It’s also a healthier alternative to juices, and sodas. See Ditch Soda. Drink More Tea.