Sugar is driving the obesity epidemic. We’re consuming more sugar than ever – 152 lbs per person each year! Compare this to the 5 lbs of sugar that we each consumed in the year 1900, or even the 26 lbs of sugar we consumed in 1994. The intake of added sugars, such as from table sugar (sucrose), and high-fructose corn syrup has increased dramatically in the last hundred years and correlates closely with the rise of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes. According to the Center for Disease Control, as of 2012, there are over 78.6 million Americans who classify as obese, that’s 35% of all adults in the United States! High sugar diets have been found to play a huge role in all sorts of diseases, including diabetes and pre-diabetes, obesity, heart disease, fatty liver, dementia, osteoarthritis, and even cancer. Sugar is scary stuff!