Sugar Poses A Bigger Danger Than People Realize

“Sugar is now more dangerous than gunpowder”, claimed Yuval Noah Harari in his fantastic book Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.  While the claim may feel like an exaggeration, it is anything but. The reality is that diabetes is much more dangerous than all the guns in the world, simply because of how staggering the number of people affected by it is.

Consider this: According to a report released by the CDC in July 2017, more than 20 million people in United States alone have diagnosed Type 2 diabetes, while 80 million more people are at risk of developing diabetes within the next year. This means that more than one third of the adult population of the United States is either diabetic or will soon be suffering from it.

There are many reasons that diabetes is such a big issue nowadays, the biggest one being the staggering amount of sugar in everything we consume. Even if you stay away from sweets, you risk taking in too much sugar.

The problem is that people do not realize how much sugar is in foods that do not taste sweet. A great example is ketchup. We don’t even think that ketchup is something that we will have to avoid, but ketchup is loaded with sugar. A tablespoon of ketchup has more sugar in it than a cookie with chocolate chips—yet most people will not even think twice about drenching their fries in ketchup, not realizing they are getting the equivalent of many spoons of sugar.

This is why we need to rethink the way we consume sugar. Changes also need to happen at the legislative level – there are laws which make it okay for companies to not publish the amount of sugar in products, which is a huge problem. Since diabetes can have consequences such as amputations, it is not something that should be taken lightly.

Linh Le