The Sweet Killer

Why love sugar?

Lollipops, cookies, candy apples. What do these all have in common? They all contain sugar.

Sugar is tasty, but is it good for you? Well, yes, but only in moderataion. The average American consumes about a quarter pound of sugar a day! That's 60 teaspoons! That's 180 pounds a year! If you aren't convinced that you eat that much, think about it, that's 4 12-ounce cans of soda. For most that's normal, to consume that much sugar. But also think of all the sugar treats that you eat in a day. That's a lot of sweetness!

Some call sugar a drug, not only because of its addictivness, but because of the effects of eating sugar such as; mental illnesses, depression, diabetes, tooth decay, gallstones, wrinkles, and obesity. But these are only a few!

The Power of Something Sweet

Lots of people like to experiment with sugar, but one of the more popular experiments are done with rats. Some don't know that rats are attracted to drugs like cocaine. But when a sugar cube, and cocaine are put in front of it, the rat will jump to the sugar cube even though they would choose cocaine over anything else.

So if you don't want to be the victim of sugar, take an apple the next time you reach for s Twinkie bar for your after-school snack.