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Brainstorming: The Sugar Consumption in the US, 2012 Statistics

The Moving force I am bringing to your attention an infographics provided by OnlineNursingPrograms.com. In it they graphically illustrated the yearly consumption of sugar for 2012 and compared it all the way back to the sugar consumption in 1822.  It’s another wake up call for how the food industry is striking at us. The evil that […]


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The Moving force
I am bringing to your attention an infographics provided by OnlineNursingPrograms.com. In it they graphically illustrated the yearly consumption of sugar for 2012 and compared it all the way back to the sugar consumption in 1822.  It’s another wake up call for how the food industry is striking at us. The evil that we must fear most is the one we don’t talk about, the one we don’t consider evil, dangerous. All the processed foods, all the soft drinks, candies haven’t been more obtainable than they are nowadays. There is an evil candy for every pocket, a “higher” quality chocolate bar wrapped in a fancier package for the more refined taste, and a regular one for the casual consumer. Regardless of the amount of money that you are willing to spend(if any) there is always a flashy design provoking you to take it with you from the shelf in every supermarket. Everything so that certain companies can increase their profit.

What’s the problem?
“Have a break, have a *candy*”, “Hungry? Why wait?”, “Don’t let hunger happen to you.”, “For the Kid in You” – these are just several slogans of some of the most proclaimed candy bars in my country and I believe all around the world. They encourage you to consume them but they don’t warn you about the risk that you are exposing yourself to by doing so. Eating too much sugar inevitably increases the chances of gaining weight which always goes hand in hand with a lot of health hazards. Some of the health issues which are most often to be encountered include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, high rate of bad cholesterol, tooth decay and the list goes on. Yet people fail to protect themselves and pay for their mistake with their health.

Precautions or what could be done
Recently I heard they are putting labels on foods that are endangering people’s health in my country. Doesn’t this just sound logical? If constant smoking is slowly killing you can’t we say the same for the continuous consumption of candy, soft drinks, cakes and cookies, “foods” we are voluntarily taking everyday from the store to our homes and workplaces. If there could be a “smoking kills” label on all smoking packages why can’t there be one related to the candy bars and soft drinks as well. Not quite sure what it should exactly say but something along the lines of “this product can lead to obesity and all the associated with it diseases”. Of course there will always be people ignoring warnings. Nothing can be done about them but however even if 1 out of 100 is to read the label and begin a healthier lifestyle, wouldn’t that be worth all the efforts? There’s another important side to the story that’s worth mentioning here. A label like that could send a clear message to the players on the market that their pawns(us, the customers) are becoming aware of what’s going on and care for each other.

Just some thoughts for the day. Thanks for reading.
-Arthlete

Brainstorming: The Sugar Consumption in the US, 2012 Statistics