Health tip: We eat 22 teaspoons of sugar a day |

Health tip: We eat 22 teaspoons of sugar a day

Dr. Greg Feinsinger
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Sugar is added to many foods and drinks, and Americans on average currently eat one-fifth of a pound of added sugar a day (22 teaspoons), per the University of California Berkeley Wellness Letter.

This contributes to many health problems, including obesity, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, early menarche (first menses) and shortened telomeres (the caps on the ends of chromosomes that protect them from damage as cells repeatedly divide).

Cut out all the sugar you can from your diet — which requires you to read food labels to see what has added sugar.

Dr. Feinsinger of Carbondale, who retired in February from Glenwood Medical Associates after 41 years as a family physician, will provide a health tip each Tuesday in the Post Independent. Contact him at

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