There is so much hidden sugar in many of the foods we eat. Sugar is in everything from soft drinks to sports drinks, fruit drinks, energy drinks, coffee drinks, cakes, cookies, muffins, doughnuts, granola bars, chocolate, ice cream and even yogurt. It seems that most everything we eat contains sugar.
Although statistics don't have all the information, it is thought that on average we consume at least 15 teaspoons of added sugar each day. That might not seem like a lot but it can add up to 240 empty calories! Multiple that by weeks and months, well that is a lot of sugar!
According to Fasanti Malik, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, there is a lot of evidence linking sugar-sweetened beverages to the amount of extra weight a person is carrying. In a four year study, it was found that weight gain of about 10 pounds occurred in women who went from drinking only one sugar-sweetened drink a week to at one a day!
And it isn't just table sugar. Read the labels and you will find all sorts of words for sugar from corn syrup to dextrose and many other names as well!