06.072015
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Sugar is addictive

Sugar is addictive

We as a nation are eating more packaged junk than ever before—and in most cases, we don’t even realize it’s junk. For instance, most people think of yogurt as a healthy snack, and it was—once. But that was before companies started dumping extra sugar into their product and even adding chocolate and sprinkles and candy until it becomes just as bad as ice cream. Did you know that a tiny tube of Go-Gurtsqueezable yogurt has the same amount of sugar as a serving of Cocoa Pebbles? And most granola bars have twice as much sugar as both of those, yet we still put granola bars on a pedestal as a “healthy” food. Sugar is addictive; some experts say it’s just as addictive as cocaine. When we overeat sugar regularly, our brains create pathways that tell us that sugar is the route to happiness. The World Health Organization suggests that children should eat no more than three teaspoons a day of added sugar. The average American, however, eats twenty-two teaspoons of added sugar a day. One Capri Sun is 17 teaspoons of added sugar all by itself. Add in a granola bar and you’ve given your kids more sugar than they should have in an entire week.