We know added sugar is bad for us and that eating too much of it can lead to obesity and diabetes. So why can’t we stop eating sugar? Why is it so hard to have just one scoop of ice cream and not eat the whole pint?
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The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar every day, and 66 pounds of added sugar per year, which, according to the American Heart Association, is just way too damn much. There’s sugar in our bread, pasta sauces, chips, fruit drinks — any way food manufacturers can sneak sugar into our diet, they’ll do it.
To get to the bottom of why we can’t stop eating sugar and how it is affecting our mind and body, we spoke to Max Lugavere, New York Times best-selling author of “Genius Foods” and host of The Genius Life podcast.
On this week’s episode of LIVESTRONG.COM’s Stronger podcast, Lugavere breaks down the link between sugar and brain health, reveals tricks to reduce sugar cravings and discusses how to responsibly satiate your sweet tooth.