Obesity In The United States


Between 1970 and 2005 the obesity rate in the United States roughly doubled, according to data from the National Health a and Nutrition Examination Survey, and the USDA.

On the BMI scale over 30 is defined as obese; over 25 is overweight.


We’re eating over 200 calories more each day, most of which come from carbs. We are also eating more meat, although most of that is actually leaner than it used to be, so the calorie contribution to the average diet has gone down.

We’re taking in about 100 calories more in sweeteners each day on average, and High Fructose Corn Syrup has about half of that.

We drink less regular whole milk, and more reduced fat, and fat-free milk.

We consume a lot more oil, particularly vegetable oil, than we were back in the 1970’s. Mostly corn, and soybean and canola oils.

The increase in obesity has come about because we eat a lot more wheat; increased sweeteners, and processed oils instead of fat from meat.

Organic Sugar

Yesterday we swung by Wal-Mart to grab a few odds and ends.

We needed some sugar, so I went to find it.

This is what I got. Florida Crystals. It’s the first American Sugar certified Carbon Free by Carbonfund.org.

Florida CrystalsFrom their web site at FloridaCrystals.com

Florida Crystals pioneered certified organic sugar farming and production in the United States and organic rice farming and production in Florida. More than a decade ago, Florida Crystals milled the first certified organic sugar ever in the USA. Their organic cane sugar remains the only certified organic sugar grown and harvested in the U.S.   Florida Crystals’ organic farm is one of the single largest organic farms in the country.

Florida Crystals® Organic Cane Sugar has a fine, golden tan granulation that is ideal for everyday use. Because it is less processed than refined white sugar, it retains more of the flavor of the original sugar cane juice to enhance the taste of foods, beverages and recipes. It is used just like refined white granulated sugar and in the same amount. Florida Crystals® organic products are certified by the Quality Assurance International (QAI). The USDA’s National Organic Program ensures that our organic products are produced to the most stringent standards in the world.