As a former litigator, I could easily make a case against sugar, but would the argument win over many? 

You be the Jury:

1. Sugar spikes insulin levels, and repeatedly eaten, will induce a pre-diabetic state.

2. Sugar contains no fat calories, yet it causes excess calories to be stored as fat.

3. Sugar causes inflammation, and inflammatory diseases (including arthritis, fibromyalgia, colitis, Alzheimer's, diverticulitis, some forms of cancer, dermatitis, aherosclerosis, Chron's Disease) are on the rise in the U.S.

4. Sugar causes attention deficit issues.

5. Sugar contributes to mood swings.

6. Sugar weakens our immune systems.

7. Sugar stresses our cells, and depletes them of vital nutrients.

I. Pop quiz: Which of these items is considered added sugars?
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • malt
  • honey
  • fructose
  • glucose
  • brown sugar
  • dextrose
  • sucrose
Answer: all of the above

II. Pop quiz: What are the recommended amounts of added sugar intake daily for men and women? 

Recommended: 9 teaspoons for men/6 teaspoons for women. 

III. Pop quiz: What is the average American daily sugar intake?

Average intake: 21 teaspoons

My Verdict

As with all things, sugar is great in moderation and it is heavenly. But, in larger doses than recommended, especially as you age, sugar is the devil.

What about you? Share your verdict, and/or your personal experiences with sugar. Most of us have at least one!


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