14 Ways Sugar Is Secretly Evil

    Put down that can of Coke. You won't want it after reading this.

    1. Manufacturers add sugar to make reduced-fat foods taste better and seem healthier.

    2. We significantly underestimate the amount of sugar in drinks that seem healthy.

    3. And there's a surprising amount of sugar in foods that aren't even sweet.

    4. Carbonation tricks your brain into thinking a drink contains less sugar than it actually does.

    5. It's no surprise, then, that all age groups in the U.K. get more than the recommended maximum of 11% of total calories from sugar.

    6. And the average American consumes 77 pounds of added sugar each year.

    7. Even a "safe" amount of sugar made mice more likely to die than their healthy-eating counterparts.

    8. Sugar might be more addictive than cocaine.

    9. Eating sugar gives you a rush similar to injecting heroin.

    10. But after the initial high, sugar saps your energy and makes you want to just lounge around.

    11. Increase in sugar availability has been linked to an increase in type 2 diabetes.

    12. Sugary drinks have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

    13. Worldwide, 180,000 deaths every year may be associated with sugary drinks alone.

    14. So we should all probably think about cutting back on the amount of sugar we eat.

    Trouble is, that's easier said than done.