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One Can of Regular Pop Contains More Than 150% of the Recommended Daily Intake of Added Sugar for Women. Why Aren't We Told?

01/13/2014 03:03 EST | Updated 03/13/2014 05:59 EDT

The American Heart Association recommends that the maximum daily intake of added sugar should be no more than 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men.

One average (355 ml) can of regular pop contains 42 grams of sugar.

Therefore, just one can of regular pop is already too much added sugar for one day, for the average adult, according to the American Heart Association.

And, obviously, this situation has to be worse for children. We should be told this, parents should be told this. This is important. At least, as soon as possible, the Canadian government should require food nutrition labels to show, for added sugar, the per cent daily value (DV), a single serving contains, of added sugar. I can appreciate that food labels were designed to help us see if we were getting enough (%DV) of some required nutrients. It is time food labels also told us, when we are getting too much of the recommended DV for added sugar, similar to the way food labels already show the %DV of added salt.

It is hard to believe, but drinking one can of regular pop a day, for a year, adds up to the consumption of over 30 pounds of added sugar per year.

42 g X 365 days = 15,330 g / 454 (g/lb) = 33.76 lbs

And some fruit juices are just as bad as regular pop, for added sugar.

According to the American Heart Association, this is too much added sugar for adults, and so it must be way too much added sugar for children.

Why aren't we told, at least the "% DV" of added sugar, on the government required food label, of all packaged and processed foods?

I guess the reason is that the American Heart Association, is the first major medical association to come out with a recommended daily value for added sugar, and this only happened in 2009.

It is time for the US and Canadian governments to catch up.

Thanks to the CBC's "The Fifth Estate" for bringing this serious matter to my attention.

It used to be a "joke" that some pop was so strong that you could use it to clean kitchen drains. Somehow, this isn't funny any more.

P.S. Shakespeare said "All the world is a stage, and each of us plays many parts." I know, I often blog about the scientific and historical reasons the events of this world, really happened, more or less, the way God said they did, in the Bible. This is an important idea.

Because I want "my corporate managers" in "my North America" in "my world" to "play" to the expectations of God, because they trust Him and praise His word. They may not be wealthier for this, but "I know" they, and all of us, will be happier and healthier for this, in the short run and in the long run. And one of the practical applications of all of this, is that North America's sugar industry, will probably need to transition to become North America's nutrient industry.