It comes in many different colors and forms and even has many different names.
But unless it is naturally occurring in the food that is eaten, it is considered an "added sugar" in any of it's forms.
Back in 2008, sugar consumption in the US was 136 pounds per person per year.
That's above and beyond the natural sugars already in our fruits, vegetables, and milk.
And the rest of the world is not far behind us in their consumption too.
Heck, I have even seen our cat eating the sweet-eating ants in the summer, and everyone knows how much bears love honey.
Sugar is just too good and all the Earth's creatures love it.
Even though it is considered "empty calories" it is necessary in supplying the brain with energy.
But being human, it is easy to let our love of something get too far out of hand.
Too much sugar contributes to many health problems, the most widespread being, obesity.
And that leads to many other diseases and ailments which can all be avoided.
So, I have been carefully watching my "added sugar" intake over the last six weeks.
According to my weight and calorie intake, it is recommended that I get 25 grams of added sugar a day.
Man, I was getting over that in just my breakfast alone.
And that iced tea that we always prided on making ourselves - that needed a serious makeover too.
That added sugar is everywhere and in everything.
And I am not one who will substitute those no calorie sweeteners to take the place of the real thing.
Don't need those fake chemicals that do their own damages in other ways.
When I first cut out the sugar, I was eating none, even the naturally occurring ones in the fruits.
But after reading more, I realized that those ones don't count.
I needed to only count the added sugars.
And when it comes down to it, it really isn't all that bad after all.
Even during the holidays with all the goodies, I could get by on just a nibble.
And that is still all that is needed now - it really does work.
And all my tea has been sugar free as well, and I enjoy it just the same.
And the weird thing, I can even taste the sugars in the lettuce now.
Who would have thought that?