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Sugar: The Scary Truth

Uncovering the facts about the sweet substance we love

Sugar: The Scary Truth

At risk of being the Grinch who stole Halloween, perhaps we should rethink a holiday built around candy. 

Even without that annual fix, we’re already sugar junkies. Each week we gulp or eat nearly three pounds of the white powder — up 43 percent from two pounds weekly in 1959, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

And pound by pound, we’re killing ourselves. The resulting obesity leads to diabetes, heart disease, inactivity and possibly dementia, report experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

“Thanks to obesity, our kids are expected to have shorter life spans than their parents,” says Shreela Sharma, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., associate professor of epidemiology at UTHealth School of Public Health and faculty member at the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living. “We’re in a health crisis.”

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