If it seems like we’ve been picking on sugar lately, well, it’s not your pure imagination.
We’ve shared with you a study that suggests chocolate can reduce heart disease, while also causing obesity.
And one that found out sugar fools our brains into thinking we feel better and therefore makes us want more sugar to continue feeling better, which can lead to an addiction to sugar.
Now, a study in the American Heart Association Journal Circulation says about 25,000 adults in America die each year from diseases stemming from the consumption of sugary drinks, the main source of added sugars in the American diet.
That number is 180,000 around the world.
This is the first global report on connection between sugar and death. The numbers came from 187 countries between 1980 and 2010.
Researchers looked at commercially produced and home-made sugar-sweetened beverages, or SSBs that had 50 calories or more for each 8-ounce serving, not counting 100-percent fruit drinks.
They found out that more than 75 percent, that’s more than 3 in every 4 deaths in the whole wide world linked to SSBs were in poor and developing countries.
Mexico had the world’s highest death rate from over consumption of SSBs, 405 per million in 2010.
The US came in second place with 125 deaths per million.
The researchers also found out that younger adults are more likely than older ones to come down with chronic diseases linked to sugar-sweetened beverages. And that could have a big impact on countries in terms of lost productivity and higher medical costs.
We already know that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and now we know that too many spoonfuls could kill us. And that’s some serious food for thought.