Essay on Sugar Consumption and It's Implications

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Sugar is one of life's greatest indulgences, it has been consumed throughout the centuries in various forms such as fruit and honey. However, within this modern age, sugar is readily available and widely consumed. The growing popularity of soft drinks, fast food, and snacks that typically contain significant amounts of added sugar the question should be asked – how much added sugar do I consume, how much should I consume, and what are the implications of consuming too much? “The USDA recommends that the average person on a 2,000-calorie daily diet include no more than 40 grams of added sugars.” (USDA Fact Book) Furthermore, the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests women should not consume more than 20 grams of…show more content…
“ (Coca Cola Company) Fast food is another facet where sugar is liberally consumed. For instance, a standard happy meal sold by McDonald's contains 24 grams of sugar, while one of their "Hot Caramel Sundae" contains 44 grams of sugar and is considered merely dessert. Lastly a “Coca-Cola® Classic (Small)” amounts to 40 grams of sugar(McDonalds Corp.). However, although most are aware that fast foods contains considerable amounts of sugar, there are many foods that inconspicuously contain added sugar. For instance, a serving of Heinz Ketchup is 4 grams of sugar out of a net weight of 12 grams, and is merely a condiment for a meal.(Heinz Corp) Common breakfast cereals such as a serving of Kellog's Frosted Flaked contains 12 grams of sugar and a single unfrosted Kellogs “Blueberry Pop-Tart” contains 13 grams of sugar(Kellogs Corp.). If the average American's consumption of sugar is exceeding what is suggested by the USDA and AHA; one must ask what are the health implications? According to the AHA consuming sugar in excess can result in multiple health issues. A brief quotation from their journal “Circulation” illustrates why excessive sugar consumption in the form of soft drinks is unhealthy. “Cross-sectional studies in humans link soft drink consumption
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