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What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Too Much Sugar?

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  • Today, an average American consumes about 17.4 teaspoons of sugar per day. What's even more disturbing is that people are consuming excessive sugar in the form of fructose or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • The human body is not made to consume excessive amounts of sugar, especially fructose. It is actually a hepatotoxin and is metabolized directly into fat — factors that can cause a whole host of problems that can have far-reaching effects on your health
  • One study found that fructose is readily used by cancer cells to increase their proliferation — it “feeds” the cancer cells, promoting cell division and speeding their growth, which allows the cancer to spread faster
  • As a general recommendation, keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day, including that from whole fruit

You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You bake it into pastries, cakes and cookies. You even sprinkle it all over your breakfast cereal or your oatmeal for added flavor.


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