Is sugar toxic? In itself, no. But it is when you consider the levels the average American swallows each year—a whopping 130 pounds of added sugars ingested annually. That’s about 22 teaspoons a day, way over the max set by the American Heart Association in 2009.
New science shows that this overload of sugar—often stemming from hard-to-detect hidden added sugars—is affecting your body in all sorts of strange ways. Check out these 11 weird things that sugar is doing to your body from Get Sugar Smart, a breakthrough plan brimming with reasons to rein in your sugar habit.