Ah, the "olden days," a time when life was simpler, even food was simpler. We ate less processed, sweetened food, and sugar was a rare treat.
Just before the turn of this century, the average American consumed about five pounds of sugar per year. Cut to today, you'll find sugar in cereal, ketchup, bread, crackers, salad dressings, sauces and fast foods — and that five pounds per year has multiplied to 135 pounds consumed each year!
Back in those olden days, there were no Krispy Kreme doughnuts (10 grams of sugar) or vitamin water (33 grams). How did they manage to put more sugar in water than a doughnut? A salad used to mean a few fresh veggies from the garden, tossed together with a little salt and pepper. Compare that to the Thai chicken salad at California Pizza Kitchen, which has 45 grams of sugar. Oscar Mayer (turkey, cheese and crackers) Lunchables has 36 grams of sugar, while a Coca-Cola Classic in a 12-ounce can has 39. So a child's lunch can have almost as much sugar as a soda.