About 95% of people are addicted to sugar.
Sugar as a basic food carbohydrate primarily comes from sugar cane and from sugar beet, but also appears in fruit, honey, sugar maple (in maple syrup), and in many other sources. But we do not need an excessive amount of sugar in our daily lives.
Many of us have cravings for sweet stuff or have a ‘sweet tooth’, without knowing that we may have an addiction problem. How many of us here loves chocolates, candies, ice-creams, cookies and cakes? Aplenty!
According to a study, refined sugar is far more addictive than cocaine.
They even did a study to allow rats to choose between sugar, water and cocaine. 94% of the rats chose sugar. Even rats which were previously addicted to cocaine, switched their preference to sugar, when sugar was offered as a choice.
Can you believe this?
Look at this bunting. It says, ‘This child eats 43 teaspoons of sugar in a day“.
It is absolutely unacceptable to unknowingly consume such an inordinate amount of sugar in a day.
Malaysians are one of the world’s largest consumers of sugar. We consume about 3.6kg of sugar per month or 25 teaspoons per day. The average world consumption of sugar is only 11 teaspoons per day.
About 3.5 million Malaysians are diabetic. Diabetes causes complications after complications. It will lead to death if left untreated.
What can I say? We often see Malaysians ordering Teh Ais, Teh Tarik, Sirap Ais during a normal meal. Not forgetting the amount of Coke or Pepsi we consume when we visit a nearby KFC or McDonald’s.
Look at our staple food. Rice. A bowl of white rice contains approximately 20 teaspoons of sugar! Now, this is scary!
Having said that, the questions is “Are you addicted to sugar?“