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Excessive Sugar Consumption Responsible for Skyrocketing Healthcare Costs

Craig Leonard April 8, 2014
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It’s no secret that Americans have an obsession with sugar. Even more obvious is the fact that Americans are largely ignorant to just how damaging to their health sugar really is – or how much money we’re collectively spending to combat the problems our nation’s love affair with sugar is causing.

America spends approximately 250% more on healthcare per capita than any other developed nation. Here’s another startling figure: American’s total spend on healthcare is rising year over year and is now approaching the $3 trillion per year mark!

And like salt in the wound is the fact that, despite outspending any other industrialized nation by trillions annually, Americans continue to be sicker and have shorter life expectancies than their more fiscally conservative counterparts.

The Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 2013 study “Sugar: Consumption at a Crossroads” found that 30 to 40 percent of US healthcare expenditures are for diseases directly related to the over consumption of sugar.

In addition, the study notes that we spend more than a trillion dollars each year fighting the damaging health effects of sugar.

The gluttonous consumption of refined and artificial sugars that goes on in America has led to the creation of the fattest country on the face of the earth – and probably in the whole of human history.

And it doesn’t just stop there. As Dr. Mercola explains, “If you want to locate the sickest people, follow obesity rates. According to a United Health Foundation study, nine of the 10 least healthy states in the nation also have nine of the 10 worst obesity rates.

With one food causing such pervasive health problems and so much national expense, you would think our government regulators would do everything they could to lower sugar consumption. But the opposite is true—they encourage it!”

The U.S. Government is In Cahoots With Sugar Producers

HFCS Consumption Per Person By Country

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is the sugar that dominates all others. Not only does it make up the greatest percentage of sugar being consumed by Americans, but its chemical makeup induces extreme blood sugar spikes and bouts of insulin production that are unparalleled by natural sweeteners.

In fact, I am convinced that our nation’s infatuation with HFCS is directly linked to the skyrocketing rates of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

HFCS has been increasingly integrated into our diets (we are now at a point where a majority of processed foods contain it) and the government’s doling out of subsidies has only served to encourage this trend.

The government has agreed to offset any profit losses farmers may incur by growing corn by covering them with tax payer dollars, effectively driving the market value of corn down into oblivion. Leave it to big government to swoop in and save the day!

This has done nothing but incentivize farmers and food manufacturers alike to replace natural (and exponentially more healthy) sweetening agents with HFCS, a government funded cash crop that guarantees maximum profits.

Combine this with the fact that HFCS has been shown to be as addictive as cocaine and you can start to get an idea of how our excessive sugar consumption has amassed to create an overbearing tab on American taxpayers that is now being run up to the tune of $3 trillion per year.

Now that the government has strong-armed control over our healthcare I don’t expect this trend to change any time soon.

That is, unless the American population becomes sufficiently educated and then motivated to the point of forcing the market to change by modifying their purchasing decisions away from foods that suck out life and replacing them with foods that allow life to flourish.

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