Some may say the answer to this questions depends on your personal taste, or how young you are, or how many calories you burn each day. But the harsh reality of it is, sugar is a legal drug and many of us are just unable to kick the habit. To many of us a “treat” means 4 times the amount of sugar than what we’re use to throughout the day. How did we get this way? I’m glad you asked that question. Conditioning.
For me it was years of bright colored labels that lined the rows of the grocery store as I cruised by gawking from the passenger seat of the shopping cart. Sure, I had parents. But the urge to give your child what they want rather than what’s best can be difficult to overcome. And what starts out as a treat can easily become a craving and later a habit.
Take Nikki for example. She sat in the cubicle directly across the isle from me at work. Every morning she would rush in to work about 10 minutes late with a Mountain Dew and a new excuse. I would always wince at the fact that Mountain Dew was for breakfast almost every morning. Nikki was a really sweet and pleasant person with a fast metabolism that didn’t seem to let her gain a pound if she tried. She would have a second Mountain Dew at lunch time and a third before leaving the office in the evening. “One for the road!” she’d say gleefully before rushing out the door in an attempt to beat traffic home.
My point here is this. This day-to-day function seems very normal to many, however the damage being done to the body is anything but normal for a daily routine.
One 20oz Mountain Dew = 2.5 servings @ 31g of sugar per serving = about 76g of sugar per bottle.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that a person who consumes a 2,000 calorie diet should not consume more than 40g of refined sugar per day.
The American Heart Association released a report that recommends 20g of sugar for women and 36g daily for men. (36g is the exact amount of sugar in an average canned soda)
It seems to me that 1 bottle of Nikki’s favorite soda knocks the daily recommended serving of sugar out of the park with her first beverage of the day! Why giving these types of soft drinks to children EVER is not considered child abuse is beyond me.
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