It seems that everytime we hear the word, “sugar” we associate it with evil. Sugar has provided benefits to many people and continues to provide stability to the United States healthcare system. How, you ask?
The dental industry gained $122,000,000,000.00 (122 BILLION) in 2009 from dental care in the U.S. Although sugar was not the only contributing factor, it played a major role in helping generate this type of revenue.
The American Diabetes Association estimated the annual cost for treating diabetes at $23,700.000.00 (23 MILLION). Again, sugar was not the only cause, but certainly contributed to the end result.
The 2000 Census provided an estimated cost for cardiovascular disease as of 2003 at $351,000.000.000.00 (351 BILLION). Doctors realize that diet and consumption of sugar are contributing factors resulting in cardiovascular disease, yet rarely if ever mention it during office visits. They do, however, verify that all prescriptions are taken.
Annual medical expenditures in the United States that were attributed to Obesity in 2003 amounted to approximately $75,000,000,000.00 (75 Billion). Once again sugar was not the only cause but was noted as a major factor. Products high in sugar are typically lower in costs.
Without going through each and every health profession and its relationship to sugar consumption, the total estimate spent on healthcare from this ONE SUBSTANCE was:
$1,000,000,000,000.00 (1 TRILLION!) ANNUALLY
(NOTE: This dollar amount came from Forbes Magazine. The link is: 1 TRILLION DOLLARS)
Although the general population has been very kind to the healthcare profession by living a lifestyle that has created great wealth for them, I suggest we begin thinking more about our individual livelihoods and wellbeing. It may be time to look at sugar in the bigger picture and question whether its BENEFITS really outweigh its DETRIMENT. Is one trillion dollars of disease worth a few minutes of gustatory (taste) satisfaction? If you need a second opinion, you may want to avoid asking the healthcare industry; they have 1 TRILLION reasons to become mute!