When we look at the history of sugar consumption in America the dangers of sugar in the present American diet become very obvious. We also see that not only are we eating more sugar, but the sugars that we are eating are harmful to our bodies and to our environment.
Prior to 1945 (the end of World War II) most of the sugars in the average American diet were consumed by eating fruits and vegetables. The average was about 30 grams a day. The sugar was about equal amounts of sucrose and fructose.
By the end of the 20th Century adolescents were consuming 72 grams of sugar every day. Not only has the sugar consumption increased but the percentage of fructose has skyrocketed.
Sugar from Corn,
Since the late 1960s, more and more of this fructose comes from corn in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The average American eater does not only just eat more food, he/she eats more sugars -- both fructose and sucrose --now nearly 5 times as much as was the average in the first half of the 20th century.
That much sugar is toxic to our systems. So not only are we eating way too much, way too much of what we do eat is sugar in one form or another.
The abusive over-use of high fructose corn syrup by the food processing industry not only has immediate toxic effect on human health, but modern corn production in the U.S farm belt is also poisoning the health of the planet. Pesticides, chemical fertilizers, over-production, and one crop farming destroys the soil, pollutes our rivers, oceans, and air.
As if that weren’t enough, another of the many dangers of sugar is the social problems that result from the take over of America's vast farmland resources by the corporate world and from this over production of one crop. The industry wants it's corn cheap, which over-supply creates. This makes it very difficult for family farms to compete. Farmers must grow crops as cheaply as possible. This means sacrificing the health of the soil, air, and water in the long run.
The big agricultural mega corporations and food processing companies get rich, while the farmers lose, and the consumers lose. It has forced huge numbers of farmers to go out of business. When this happens and people lose their farms, they are forced to move to cities and compete for jobs and houses.
For more information on the damage our agricultural system is doing to the environment and our nation’s social problems go to
We are at the mercy of the food processing industry.
We humans love sweet food. High Fructose Corn Syrup is really cheap and really sweet. We also, like to get our food fast so that we don't have to spend a lot of time buying and preparing it. Combine cheap sweet food with processing that cuts the time needed for preparing it and you have the formula for a humungus market -- thus the enormous all powerful processed food industry.
The answer of course is very simple. It requires a little lifestyle change, but we said "simple" not "easy." (oops that's the name of this website -- but it is easier to be healthy than sick !!!) You've already guessed the answer: