Three-time Major League Baseball all-star Chili Davis had a sweet swing and good eye for a curveball (he's now the hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox). The country of Chile, in South America, has a sweet tooth and quite an eye for soda.
From 2009 to 2014, Chile experienced the fastest growth in sales of sugar-sweetened beverages. But according to the World Health Organization (WHO), they're currently playing catch-up with North America, Latin America, and Western Europe — the three regions of the world with the highest sugar consumption.
WHO also says that the U.S. is the No.1 consumer of sugar, and 74 percent of products in the country's food supply contain added sweeteners.
Did you know that some soft flour tortillas in the U.S. contain sugar? And 100 grams of iodized table salt can contain 40 mg of sugar (it helps stabilize iodide, so it has benefits).
If you're trying to eliminate added sugars and syrups from your diet, you need to read the ingredients list on every packaged food you consider buying. Don't buy it if it contains any dextrose, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, malt syrup, lactose, and/or maltose.
That way the next time you dish up a meal, just like Chili Davis, you won't strike out at your home plate.
Posts by Dr. Mehmet Oz, M.D. and Dr. Mike Roizen, M.D.
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