We all know sugar is bad for your teeth and for your waistline. When you have a bunch of demanding kids around, however, it can be difficult to say no to them – and that’s not to mention the temptations of your own comfort binging! Temptations can be found everywhere, from breakfast cereal and fruit juice to the occasional Chinese takeaway and can of apple cider. Strong will and a healthy outlook are not always enough to keep the sugar at bay, but for the family on a budget, there’s one consideration that might make a difference – the cost.
According to one estimate, your sugar addiction could cost you upwards of $2,000 per year on health expenses alone. Think about it: all that sugar drives you to buy a gym membership and join a weight loss program, you have to pay for two or more dentist appointments, plus all the extra treatments that decaying teeth require. And that goes for the kids, too!
What’s worse is that you’re paying to end up that way in the first place. Muffins, ice cream, and other sweet treats all add up over the financial year. Compared to healthier treats – a crunchy carrot with a low-fat dip, or a nice piece of fruit which you could even pick from the garden – it makes for a pricey addiction. Maybe it’s time for an intervention!
There are steps you can take, of course. Try using an app such as My Fitness Pal to quantify precisely how much you’re consuming (you might try to get the kids in on this one, too.) And always shop on a full stomach, to avoid adding any extra unnecessary expenses to the cart.
There are a bunch of solutions in this insightful new infographic from Pound Place. It looks at precisely how much a typical individual might spend on their sugar addiction in a single year – and the findings might leave a bad taste in your mouth!