Where We Live: Spoonful Of Sugar
The history and current science behind this guilty pleasure.
How much sugar do you eat? The U.S.D.A. estimates the average American consumes more than 3,500 pounds of sugar in their lifetime.
Sugar seems to be in or on everything. Cereal, coffee, yogurt, candy, ketchup and of course...soda. It certainly affects our health, and is seen as the main culprit in “epidemics” of obesity and diabetes.
But sugar has also impacted the course of history, changed the fate of empires, and affected millions.
The public perception of sugar is constantly changing as well. While it’s demonized by some, it’s also thought to be a better alternative to artificial sweeteners.
Today, Where We Live, we’ll talk about the history of and evolving debate over sugar. We’ll talk with one author who studied the history of the sugar trade in the West Indies.
Do you put it on everything? If you don’t use sugar, what about artificial sweeteners? How are you trying to reduce the amount of sugar you eat?