Death by Sugar, how the Standard American Diet is killing our nation (plus a sweet no sugar added recipe!)
Newsflash! Sugar isn’t good for you.
OK, so as long as grocery shopping moms have conducted covert operations to get their children past candy and cereal aisles, we’ve known all about the ills that come with consuming too much sugar. But a new documentary shines a light on hidden added sugars the processed food industry has been stuffing into our nation’s food supply. A whopping 80% of grocery store food contains added sugar! Wow. No wonder we’re so unhealthy!
Undoubtedly, most people do their best to limit sweets in their daily diets. But unless you’ve made a conscious effort to avoid sugar in all forms by reading food labels, baking with natural sugar substitutes, and cutting out restaurant foods, you probably didn’t know that the majority of food you eat has unnecessary amounts of sugar, apparently for the sole purpose of getting you hooked.
Just look at our sugar consumption over the years, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola:
- In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
- In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!
According to the Harvard Health Blog, consuming too much sugar increases your risk of dying from heart disease, regardless of your weight. Sugar is reportedly 8 times more addictive than cocaine.
Though this may not be new information to you, in this industrialized food era it cannot be harped enough. Let’s commit to breaking our addiction to sugar!
Check out the trailer below. Then scroll down for a quick, easy and delicious dessert that has NO added sugar whatsoever!
Sugar Free / Dairy Free Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
If you’re trying to break your dependance on sugar but find yourself craving something sweet after dinner, try this simple and delicious ice cream.
All you need are a few frozen bananas and a few tablespoons of natural peanut butter (no sugar added). If you crave chocolate, sprinkle in some unsweetened cocoa powder to your desired strength and enjoy a few added antioxidants, as well!
- 3 frozen bananas
- 2 tablespoons all natural peanut butter (no added sugar) at room temperature
- cocoa powder (to taste)
Using a food processor, magic bullet or blender, blend frozen bananas until creamy. You may have to stop and stir some of the banana lumps intermittently. If making chocolate variety, add 1/2 to 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder, according to your taste, and blend. Pour into a dish and stir through 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, creating “ribbons” of peanut butter through the blended bananas. At this point, you can either dive in and enjoy, or put back in the freezer if you prefer a more firm consistency.