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We may fret about the price of gas, but at least 85% of the world’s population doesn’t own a car.

We may hate to pay the utility bill each month, but nearly one-quarter of the world lives without electricity and one-third doesn’t have access to basic sanitation, such as a toilet. More than 1 billion people don’t have adequate access to clean water.

Even people below the poverty line in the U.S. — which now includes one in seven Americans — are better off than the vast majority of humanity.  Someone earning just $11,000 a year, which is just below the poverty level, actually has more income than 87% of the people on the planet.  Nearly 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day, or $730 a year.

You needed an adjusted gross income of $343,927 to make it into the top 1% of U.S. taxpayers in 2009, the latest year for which Internal Revenue Service statistics are available.  On the other hand, the U.S. median household income of $51,914 would put you in the top 1% worldwide.

By |November 5th, 2012|Categories: Perspective|Tags: |Comments Off

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

We are in love with sugar! In 1770, when sugar was only for the wealthy, the average American ate just 4 pounds of sugar a year. In 1800, we were consuming 18 pounds of sugar a year. By 1900 that number had risen to 90 pounds per year, and in 2012, the average American consumed 168 pounds of sugar a year. The sugar consumption continues escalating exponentially. The recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report revealed that more than half of Americans consume a half pound of sugar daily (that’s shocking 180 pounds of sugar per year!) and an overwhelming 87 percent of U.S. citizens who participated in the five-year, $200 million study, would prefer to ingest a far greater amount (I wonder how we survived the first 200,000 years on the Earth before we invented processed sugar).

Today the average American adult consumes an average of 22 teaspoons of sugar every day (93 gm), the average American child consumes over 32 teaspoons of sugar a day (135 gm), and the average teenage male now consumes more than 42 teaspoons of sugar per day (180 gm). More than half of Americans consume 53 teaspoons of sugar a day (225 gm). For optimal health, adult women should get no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar each day (25 gm), while men should stay under 9 teaspoons (38 gm). That means, on average, that American adults and children consume between 68 and 100 grams of sugar a day over the recommended allowance!

Added sugar is the most popular ingredient added to foods in the US and found in the wide variety of sweetened foods on grocery store shelves. It comes in the form of soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks, sweets like ice cream, chocolate and candy, baked treats such as cakes, cookies and doughnuts, packaged snacks, cereals, crackers, breads, peanut butter, cured meats, soups, yogurt, sauces, salad dressings, etc, etc, etc. Even condiments have added sugar (one third of ketchup is sugar). Almost all processed foods contain sugar. Ironically, 50 percent of the sugar we consume today comes […]

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