20 May IS SUGAR LEADING TO THE COLLAPSE OF OUR SOCIETY?
One of the most interesting and controversial issues in medicine today is the effect refined carbohydrates, such as table sugar, has on our bodies. In his book Sugar Blues, William Duffy got this controversy going with his proclamation that the introduction of sugar has led to the collapse of every great society from Egypt to the present day. While many medical experts viewed this as fringe sensationalism, the publication of the book Sugar Busters! by H. Leighton Steward, Morrison Bethea, MD, Samuel Andrews, MD, and Luis Balart, MD, rekindled the flame.
Whether Duffy’s claim is totally on target or not, the dramatic increase of refined sugar consumption and starchy foods by Americans is very con- cerning. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American ate 5 pounds of sugar per year in 1900. In the year 2000, the estimated average sugar consumption per person was 163 pounds. That’s a 3,260 percent increase in 100 years! Our sweet tooth is definitely out of control.
– excerpt from “The Seven Numbers pg. 91″
Please watch this amazing animated short film about the effects of sugar on today’s families, featuring an original song by Grammy-award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz.