It is recommended that humans consume no more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar per day. Currently, the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons daily. The average American child consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar each day. – The American Heart Association
Sugar has become an increasingly ubiquitous ingredient in the average American diet. It’s added to practically anything and everything – coffee, doughnuts, tea, cereal, juice – and even bread, meat and ketchup. Why is this? Well, it makes things taste better, of course.
Sugar also happens to be incredibly unhealthy, and highly addictive. Some studies have reported that sugar can be up to eight times more addictive than cocaine, in fact. Before the industrialization of food processes, sugar was an extremely limited condiment. For thousands of years, human beings and their distant ancestors lived off of the land by hunting and harvesting animals and natural foods.
The industrial revolution and subsequent population expansion led to a demand for quicker, cheaper and more effective methods of delivering food to the masses. This led to food processing, which led to the proliferation of added ingredients – including sugar.