“When I have a toothache, I discover that not having a toothache is a wonderful thing. That is peace. I had to have a toothache in order to be enlightened, to know that not having one is wonderful.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
But we forget about that and still drink Coke.
The average person in industrialized countries consumes about 33.1 kilograms of sugar each year.
Sugar has been implicated as chief culprit in the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tooth decay, hyperactivity and Alzheimer’s disease
My Dad died from dementia, diabetes and depression which are by-products of sugar consumption. I am overweight and my brother has diabetes.
Sweetness and sugar pervaded human taste buds and became embedded in our tastes. An injection of sugar into the bloodstream stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain that respond to heroin and cocaine – it is literally an addictive drug.
Most modern day people are aware of this and cut down on sugar in their tea and stop drinking Coke.
But sugar is everywhere:
If a slippery slab of barbecued ribs makes your heart skip a beat, there’s a good reason why. Blame the 13 grams of sugar for every two tablespoons of BBQ. And with all that grilled meat to coat, who stops at just two.
Fruit yogurt is one of the biggest sugar bombs on the shelves, with 19 grams of sugar, no wonder it tastes like dessert! Dried fruit might as well be candy. Just ⅓ of a cup can have 24 grams of sugar.
A granola bar can pack 12 grams of sugar, so be sure to read the label before demolishing one.
Some types of energy drink pack 83 grams of sugar – no wonder we get a buzz.
Sooo … what’s the point?
My point is that we are not just talking toothache here – we are talking disease and death. Don’t be blasé about this – it’s a real threat to all of us!
Taxing sugar is probably a good way to go. Education and example are even better. Become knowledgeable and talk to your children about controlling their own destinies.
But it’s not easy, you have to be strong … not many succeed.
If you acknowledge your addiction, you can significantly better your own health.
But if you don’t, you won’t.