On average Americans consume an astounding 138 pounds of sugar per year.

The take home message has been that fat is a bad ingredient and that there's no healthful place for it in our diets. Regardless of its removal from processed foods, America's health is in decline.

The picture is a clear one: When fat's pulled out of processed foods sugar's added, impacting the overall carbohydrate content in our foods. To no surprise of many, excess carbohydrates eaten are stored as fats (note the weight connection).

Does this mean french fries are good for us? Not so fast. There are good fats and bad fats. Avocados for instance have good fats, but deep fried foods — not so much.

The onslaught of carbohydrates are also heavy hitters on an important organ: the liver. The truth is, our liver can only handle so many carbs. When the liver processes a super-sized meal (think sugar and fat) it creates unhealthy cholesterol particles that ultimately impact our heart health.

Clearly, cardiac issues are not only created by bad fats, but also by too much sugar. Excess carbohydrates raise the risk of high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes according to Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. He goes on to say that sugar is hidden in many processed foods, which gives fodder to the importance of eating a diet rich in fresh, whole foods.

To learn more on this topic:
Why Diabetics Should Eat More Fat (and Less Sugar!)
For Diabetics, Simple Sugars Aren't So Simple
Why Do Fatty Foods Raise Blood Sugars?