Do you have a sweet tooth?

The average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year.

Eating 130 pounds of sugar is the equivalent to eating 1,767,900 Skittles.

One can of soda has 10 teaspoons of sugar.  The average American drinks 53 gallons of soda a year.

One serving of ketchup has one teaspoon of sugar.

If all sugar were to be removed from the average American’s diet, it would subtract 500 calories per day, or 3500 calories a week.  That would equate to losing one pound per week.

When a patient eats sugar and a PET scan is performed of their brain, the addiction center (nucleus accumbens) of the brain lights up due to dopamine release.  This is the same center of the brain that lights up for patients who consume alcohol or cocaine.

If you have a sweet tooth, it may be genetic.  Studies have shown familiar genetic differences in the hunger hormone called ghrelin, which is thought to be related to sugar cravings.

If sugar is suddenly removed from the diet, it can cause fatigue and irritability.

Refined sugar has no nutritional value.



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