The average person consumes two or three pounds of sugar each week. This sounds like a lot, but is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup. All are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a numerous microwavable meals.
In the last 20 years, sugar consumption in North America has jumped from 26 pounds to 135 pounds of sugar per person, per year. 100 years ago the average consumption was only five pounds per person, per year. This is thought to be why cardiovascular disease, and cancer was virtually unknown at that time.
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