• Sugar is a carbohydrate, we crush it out of sugar-cane or boil it out of beets. There is also high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener made from corn starch.
• Eating fruit and its sugar is usually no big deal. Drinking fruit juice is a different story. The fruit's sugar is concentrated when we drink it. For example, there are 4 oranges in 1 cup of OJ. Eat fruit, don't drink fruit.
• Sugar is a part of starch. Most foods that are starchy (potatoes, corn, peas, bread, pasta) are also high in sugar. That's why we try to eat less of them.
*One theory why people like starchy/sweet foods is that they are a very good source of calories. They were more likely to survive and pass on their genes by eating the starch.
• Brown sugar is often just white sugar with the addition of molasses for color. True raw brown sugar has negligible nutritional benefit vs white.
• High fructose corn syrup is made from the sugar in corn. It is processed to contain a high amount of fructose to make it very sweet. It's cheaper to use instead of sugar in cereals, sodas, and snacks.
• It is possible you are "addicted" to sugar. Dopamine is released when you eat high sugar foods & makes you want more. A little is never enough! Cocaine addicted rats preferred sugar over cocaine. That says it all.
• In the 1800's, we would eat 7 pounds of sugar per year. In 2013, it is estimated we ate 140 pounds of sugar per year. Houston, we may have a problem..
• The American Heart Association and now the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend eating less than 6 teaspoons (24g) of sugar per day for anyone under 18 years of age. And that's still a lot. In 1700, it took us 1 week to eat 35g of sugar.