We know the basic facts about sugar- it rots your teeth, it ruins your metabolism, it contributes to a myriad of diseases, etcetera, etcetera. We’re all well aware of the dangers, yet according to the USDA, the average American consumes 75 pounds of the stuff a year. How is that possible?
Well, for one thing- sugar is added in some surprising products. From BBQ sauce to dried fruit, energy drinks to granola bars. Even agave, thought to be a “healthier” sweetener, is 85% fructose which puts a lot of stress on your liver to metabolize. The more I read labels and understand what’s in the foods, the more I begin to stress out about how I’m fueling my body and my family’s bodies. I don’t know what a gram of sugar actually looks like, do you? Is it like a teaspoon? A tablespoon? Last week, John Oliver, the host from HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”, had the same question when he proposed his campaign #showusyourpeanuts.
Obviously, the guy’s super funny approach to taking on the Big Sugar companies will have you rolling on the floor, but the bottom line is a very REAL issue. Why not make those labels more relatable? Why not make them easier to understand, or even see for that matter? (See my last post about nutrition labels here) I think John Oliver is onto something, and I for one am going to ask my friend Robin to show me how to tweet at them!! I hope you do too!