NZ is “a nation with a sweet tooth and our consumption far exceeds the WHO recommendations. According to the 2008/09 NZ Adult Nutrition Survey, males eat 120g of total sugars a day and females eat 96g (this includes the sugar from milk products and fruit).” Consumer
Linking Refined White Sugar To Chronic Disease
According toMedical Xpress, the average American consumes nearly 20 teaspoons, or about 78 grams, of sugar daily, which is far more than the maximum level recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).
One of the worst things you can do to your body is feed it sugar — not necessarily natural sugar like the kind found in fruit, but refined sugar. A team of scientists from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) recently pored through more than 8,000 scientific papers on how sugar affects the body and came to the conclusion that it not only makes people fat but also makes them sick.
“nearly three-quarters of all packaged and processed foods contain added sugar…”
The project, which has been dubbed SugarScience, exposes sugar as a primary culprit in the formation of metabolic disease, which can lead to conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Lead author Laura Schmidt, a UCSF School of Medicine professor, says her team’s findings are comprehensible — sugar is highly toxic to the body and vital organs, including the liver.
“Too much sugar causes chronic metabolic disease in both fat and thin people…” Robert Lustig – (Pediatric Endocrinologist)
According to their investigation, nearly three-quarters of all packaged and processed foods contain added sugar. This sugar is typically listed under 61 different names, including things like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dextrose, evaporated cane juice and sucrose. It is often difficult to identify added sugar because of this, and current regulatory requirements don’t mandate that suggested daily values of both natural and added sugar be identified. Read more
So how is our intake of sugar in NZ?
“We’re a nation with a sweet tooth and our consumption far exceeds the WHO recommendations. According to the 2008/09 NZ Adult Nutrition Survey, males eat 120g of total sugars a day and females eat 96g (this includes the sugar from milk products and fruit).
Sucrose (table sugar) was the major contributor, with males eating 55g (14 teaspoons) and females 42g (10.5 teaspoons). Almost one-quarter of the sucrose came from sugar and sweets, followed by non-alcoholic beverages and fruit.
Our kids fare even worse. The 2002 National Children’s Nutrition Survey found that the average daily intake for sucrose for boys was 67g (17 teaspoons) and for girls 61g (15 teaspoons). Over one-quarter of the sucrose came from beverages and one-fifth from sugar and sweets.”
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So … best kick your sugar habit if you have one!
Find a suitable natural sweetener to replace sugar, and whatever you do don’t head for the chemical sweeteners like aspartame which will do you even more harm than what you’re replacing! Cut it down gradually until you’re free. Remember too it’s addictive so it can take a while depending on your endurance abilities. However you do it it’s going to improve your health. On that the evidence is pretty clear.