There’s a slow-motion poisoning taking place across the USA from coast to coast. For decades now, Americans have been pumped full of added sugars, one of the world’s worst toxins.
Now, a new report reveals the ugly toll it’s taking in solid and shocking numbers. Added sugar leads to billions in lost healthcare costs, millions of cases of major cardiovascular events, and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
And the crazy thing is the sugar industry, and Big Food doesn’t even need to use any sleight of hand to hide it any longer. We’re ALL aware of our over-exposure to sugar.
Sure, you might still find it in a few unexpected places. But it’s mostly “hidden” in plain sight these days. Added sugar isn’t invisible to us like a pollutant in the air or a toxin in the water. We all know it’s there.
The trouble is we’re just not great about recognizing… or perhaps admitting… how much of it we’re eating. And we’re even worse about acting to CUT back and reduce the risks that come with it.
So today, let’s talk about some painless ways to do just that. Because as the new study shows, it might literally help save your life.
ONE ingredient MILLIONS of heart problems
They’re dumping sugar into just about everything these days, from salad dressings to soups. But unless you have diabetes or are faithfully following a low-carb diet, chances are your eyes skip right past the sugar in the “nutrition facts.”
If we look for anything on the label at all, it’s likely either sodium or fat. After all, that’s what conventional medicine has trained us to think of as our enemies.
Meanwhile, it’s SUGAR that’s doing the most damage. As new research finds there’s so much in our meals, snacks, and drinks that it’s literally killing us.
In fact, it’s gotten so bad that when the researchers ran the numbers, they found that cutting even just 20 percent of the sugar in our food and 40 percent of it in our drinks for an adult lifetime would prevent:
- 48 million heart attacks, strokes, cardiac arrests, and other heart events
- 750,000 cases of diabetes
- 490,000 cardiovascular deaths
- $160.88 billion in healthcare costs
Frankly, the numbers are shocking.
Sure, we all know sugar is harmful. But few of us—even many experts—knew just exactly HOW bad it had gotten.
Slash the sugar tips to try
The new study is intended to be a call to action for food manufacturers, beverage makers, and public policy officials. It’s supposed to serve as a sort of rallying cry to have them collectively reduce the sugar in our food and drink.
But let’s be honest, Hades will likely freeze over first. And we can’t afford to wait that long. So we’re going to have to make this change on our own.
But don’t panic. It’s likely easier than you imagine. And it starts with three “don’ts.”
- Don’t simply skip over the sugar line on the “nutrition facts” panel.
- Don’t assume sugar will be listed in the ingredients list as “sugar” since it goes by many other names, including corn syrup. A good rule of thumb is to look for anything ending in the letters “ose.” If you spot one, it’s likely sugar.
- And don’t assume certain foods are low in sugar because they aren’t sweet. Sugar gets dumped into everything from bread to salad dressing.
But don’t stop there. Eat as many fresh, unprocessed foods as possible. That means shopping the outside aisles in the grocery store, which includes produce, meat, and dairy.
And when choosing processed foods and ingredients, pick ones with as little added sugar on the label as possible. Once you start making it a policy to check the nutrition facts for sugar content, it will quickly become a habit you don’t even need to think about.
And don’t forget the best no-sugar option of all. Stick to basic meats and veggies seasoned with your own herbs and spices. That way, you have total control over your sugar intake. Plus, your meals will just taste far better.
Need an extra boost kicking your sugar cravings? Check out my earlier report How to break a secret sugar addiction for a few more easy-to-implement tips for quitting the sweet stuff.