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Monday, March 16, 2015

Sugar, sugar!

I have blogged many times about the huge amount of sugar we consume daily and the impact that has on our health and on our teeth. I have argued that if mass medicinal solutions such as adding the poison fluoride to our water supply are unnecessary and that cutting back on sugar additives would be equally as effective whilst containing other benefits.

The average person consumes 150 pounds of sugar each year, that is the equivalent of approximately seventy five one kilogram bags or 33 tablespoons each day.Today's South Wales Evening Post sets out some of the sources of that sugar.

They say that there are 6 cubes of sugar in a Dolmio Bolognese sauce and one in just a single Oreo Cookie. A can of Coca Cola has 7.5 cubes, while a tub of Ben and Jerry's Phish Food ice cream has 25.5 cubes. There are 9 cubes in a mango and 4.5 cubes in an apple:

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) no more than 10 per cent of a person's daily energy should come from free sugars - those that are added to processed foods and drinks, but also those found naturally in products like honey.

This is around 50g or 10 cubes a day.

Some of the products mentioned earlier would give someone their daily dose in one hit.
Worse still, people are advised to aim for no more than five per cent - 25g - if they want to be extra healthy.

In Western Europe the current average daily intake of free sugars is 101g (20 cubes).

The problem is, according to Sasha Watkins, a spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association, (and a registered dietician) many people just don't expect some products to contain as much sugar as they do.

"While it may not be surprising that a can of Coca-Cola has a staggering seven cubes of sugar (35g), similar amounts can be found in the most unlikely of foods," she told the Daily Mail.

Some of the extra sugar in products has been blamed on efforts to reduce fat content. It is used to replace the taste lost by removing some of the fat.

This is an issue the government needs to get to grips with for the sake of all our health.
I agree! Sugar is THE cause of obesity, diabetes etc. But for decades now government has been banging away about evils of salt and fat, the need for daft amounts of exercise. If you want to know why they've got it so wrong read Gary Taubes 'Why We Get Fat'. So before a successful anti-sugar campaign can start, we've got clear out the invalid and mis-leading nonsense. Is WG up to the challenge?
Note also the contents of breakfast cereals, even the supposedly healthy ones. The only one currently without added sugar is Shredded Wheat.

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