The average American eats 61 pounds of refined sugar each year, including 25 pounds of candy. Halloween accounts for at least two pounds of that. So what is this excess sugar doing in your body?
- Sugar can increase muscle and joint inflammation so it could be contributing to your aches and pains.
- Your liver metabolizes sugar the same way as alcohol and converts dietary carbohydrates to fat which may in turn lead to fatty liver disease.
- Excess sugar can increase chronic inflammation and raise blood pressure.
- Sugar can lead to weight gain, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
What is the recommended maximum amount of added sugar a day? For an adult male it’s 36 grams (close to the amount in a 12-ounce soda).
Happy Halloween and choose your candy wisely 😉