The National Sugar Rush: A Look At America's Soda Consumption
As America's waistline continues to expand, the national diet has come under a great deal of scrutiny. Among the many contributors to overweight America, many healthcare professionals are pointing a finger at soda: It's packed with
sugar, lacking nutrients, and being consumed at a rate that might surprise you.
How bad can it be? Here's what goes when you crack open a can:
- Within 10 min: Over 100% of your daily sugar intake hits your system.
- 20 min: Your blood sugar spikes and your insulin levels skyrocket. Your liver converts available sugar to fat.
- 40 min: caffeine is absorbed, pupils dilate, blood pressure rises, and more sugar enters your bloodstream.
- 60 min: Magnesium, calcium, and zinc are bonded in your lower intestine by the soda's phosphoric acid. This causes calcium supplies to be drained with your urine.
- 70 min: Caffeine causes the need to urinate calcium, magnesium, and zinc that would have gone to your bones is now washed out with urine, along with electrolytes and water.
- 90 min: You sugar crash will effectively begin, and the water that was in the soda will have drained with your urine, along with valuable nutrients your body could have used.
Facts about sugar consumption and obesity in USA
- In 1990: American obesity rate was less than 1 in 5.
- Today: 1 in 3 Americans is obese.
- As of 2012: Americans burn around 140 fewer calories daily than in 1960.
- Adding up to an unburned 51.000 calories annually or 14.6 extra pounds each year.
- The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar daily. Equal to eating 51 pixy stix a day or 17 four-pound bags of sugar each year.
A lot of that sugar comes from soda: The largest single source of calories nationally
- 1 in 4 Americans gets at least 200 calories day from soda.
- It's the most-consumed beverage in the US: In one year, the average American consumes: 1) 44.7 gallons of pop; 2) 28.3 gallons of bottled water; 3) 20.8 gallons of beer; 4) 20.4 gallons of milk; 5) 18.5 gallons of coffee.
- A typical cup of coffee = 1 teaspoonful of sugar. A typical soda has 10 teaspoonfuls, equal to eating 20 sugar cubes.
When it comes to: One soda per day increases risk of childhood obesity by 60%
- 1 in 5 toddlers (ages 1 to 2) consume soda at least once a week.
- The average child is consuming 500 cans of soda annually. Staking one child's cans would reach 197 ft.: 9 ft. taller than Cinderella's castle at Disneyland.
- And by the time they're teenagers: 1 in 3 boys drinks more than 2 sodas per day.
- The sugar in 2 sodas a day = weight gain of 1 pound per week. Without exercise, this would amount to a gain of 208 lbs. from the start of high school to graduation.
Drinking one soda a day:
- For men: Increases risk of heart disease by 20%.
- For women: Increases risk of diabetes by 25%.
- For all: Increases likelihood of being overweight y 27%.
- Going from one soda a day to one a week could cut from the average annual soda consumption: 1) 65 cups of sugar; 2) 43.680 calories; 3) 12.5 pounds.
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