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Old 14th September 2019
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Originally Posted by creegstor View Post
Worth noting, and I've never seen this stated explicitly anywhere but I've seen these facts in isolation. When you join the dots it's pretty startling. And by startling I mean horrifying:
  • The average American eats approx 22g of added sugar daily.
  • It's estimated that humans, for most of our history, ate in the region of 20g of added sugar yearly.

To spell out the implications: The average American is eating roughly 400 times more added sugar than we evolved to ingest, every single day.
Something I found very informative, if not very fun: by mistake, I licked off a spoon that had wet cat food on the bottom. No salt. So I reached down and munched a kibble or two. Also no salt. The dog kibble, ditto.

Turns out that if you read the labels, they all do actually have added salt, but in amounts so small that it appears way, way down in the list of ingredients. But still, compared to what we "intelligent" creatures are used to, practically nil.

Might give you pause the next time you're about to toss a sliver of ham in Fido's direction.