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Sugar Shock

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This is a bowl of white sugar.

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Imagine pouring almost three-quarter of a measuring cup (31 teaspoons) of sugar onto your foods or beverages each day.  This number may be a bit lower (some estimations say 22 teaspoons to account for waste).  These estimates represent the average daily amount of added sugars (cane and beet sugars, corn sweeteners, honey and syrup) in the U.S. food supply, enough to provide for every man, woman, and child with more than 100 pounds per year. Compare this amount to how much we consumed in 1890 – only about 6 teaspoons.  The steady upward trend comes primarily from sugary soft drinks, next by cakes, pies, and other baked good, followed by sweetened fruit drinks and punches.

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  1. We own a Blueberry Farm & work long days for a few weeks every year. This year, I discovered Coolers could make your muscles relax. I went into sugar shock, with severe muscle spasms in legs, arm, stomach & bowel. Severe headache, too. Is there a food or foods that can counteract sugar shock? I am trying to eat “whole” foods but this is the third day & I have not fully recovered. It is my opinion that things like Shmirnoff Ice should be taken off the market, along with most “fast” or “processed” foods. As they become more available/desirable in our fast-paced society, they become cheaper. Meanwhile, healthy foods like fresh produce become more expensive. Isn’t there something that can be done?


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