Consumption of sugar by the average American has increased at an alarming rate.
In the 1880s the average American consumed 18 pounds of sugar per year. Today the number is 150 pounds. It is estimated that most people consume their daily limit of sugar by breakfast. Sugar triggers the happy hormone dopamine and hence many people are addicted to it.
The American hear institute recommends no more than 8-9 teaspoons of sugar per day. In comparison, the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day.
Too much sugar is also detrimental to health. Apart from risk of diabetes it causes headaches, bloating, stomach upset, mood swings, fatigue and fogginess.