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Cookies, candy bars, potato chips all appease the appetite quickly. Not too many generations ago they were an occasional treat.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Harm From Children Eating Too Much Sugar

America is becoming known as the land of indulgence around the world. This is due the problem with obese adults and the epidemic of 1 in 3 children being overweight. It is really a "big" crisis. And puts the health at risk.

It is so easy now in the US to grab time-saving food. Everything is presented and packaged nicely. Cookies, candy bars, potato chips all appease the appetite quickly. Not too many generations ago they were an occasional treat. And not too long before that they didn't even exist in the marketplace.

Potato Chips and Chocolate Bars are Part of the Standard School Lunch Diet

Today they are considered staple parts of the meal. Children generally have one each packed in their school lunch. But they are nothing more than empty calories. The body can process the fat and sugar, but only in very small amounts. The system of the average person is able to digest four teaspoons a day of sugar.

A single can of soda contains 11 teaspoons. Some people consume three of four of these a day. One scoop of ice cream holds 33 teaspoons of sugar. Then there are candy bars, cookies, sweets. Keep doing the math.

Adults and Children and Consuming More Sugar Daily Than the Body Can Process

If a child has one can of soda, just one, a chocolate bar, cookies, candy and ice cream throughout the day, and that is not adding the sugar in other foods that are eaten in the day, the child has eaten roughly 64 or more teaspoons of sugar, or 16x what the body can process.

That is equivalent to 16 days' worth of sugar. By the end of a year, that is 5840 teaspoons of sugar for the body to process. And the estimation is probably lower than what the average child consumes.

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