Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sugar Consumption

It's no surprise to any of us that over half of Americans consume so many sugary drinks on any given day

Half of all Americans aged 2 and older consume sugary drinks on any given day and at least 25% of Americans drink the caloric equivalent of more than one can of soda a day, according to a new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Consumption of sugar drinks in the United States has increased over the past 30 years among both children and adults," wrote the report's authors, led by Cynthia Ogden of CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

Most people drink their sugary beverages - defined as fruit drinks, sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks and sweetened bottled waters - in their own home and purchase them in stores. About 36% of sugar drinks are consumed in restaurants and fast food establishments. Children drink only 2% of these beverages in schools or day care centers.

Perhaps our problem with sugar consumption results from reading articles like this - Eating Chocolate is Good for the Heart 

As a "Diabetic" this picture is making me crave chocolate - and while this is NOT good for my sugar levels, it must be good for my heart - at least according to the article -

A recent finding, that is sure to delight many of us with a sweet tooth, claims that high levels of chocolate consumption may be associated with a 33% decrease in the risk of developing heart disease.

While other factors are much more important for a healthy heart, such as exercise and proper dieting, this finding gives a nice reprieve to chocoholics.

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