Sugar overload does not just manifest as diabetes or obesity. When the body undergoes a sugar overload, a number of symptoms can manifest like:
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In New Zealand an average adult eats about 54 kilograms of sugar per year which is equivalent to 37 teaspoons of sugar per person per day. It’s 6 times more sugar than what is recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The World Health Organisation – May 2014 draft- recommend to cut the daily intake of sugar from 10% of our total calorie intake to 5%. It means that an average adult daily sugar intake should not be more than 6 teaspoons – or 25g of sugar per day.
That is a question I have been asked a lot recently: is sweet treat leading to sugar overload? The thing is it is not just sweet treat that overload your body with sugar and trigger diabetes epidemic or sugar health issue. Sugar is hidden everywhere even in hidden unexpected places like ketchup, tomato sauce, salad dressing, bread, packaged soups and low-fat product. It does not mean that we should not eat those packaged product at all but instead learn how to read the labels. When you buy them keep in mind that a savoury packaged food is never sugar-free and it has to be counted in your daily sugar intake.
A recent study published by the New Zealand medical journal shows that a 20 % tax on sugary soft drinks could prevent 67 deaths from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and diet-related cancers per year. Southern Cross Health Society’s annual health survey show that 35% of New Zealanders think they consume too many soft drinks and 16% of the population said they consume more than 5 soft drink or energy drinks a week. A can of soft drink could contain up to 10 teaspoons or 40 grams of sugar which means that 16% of the population ‘drink’ around 200 g of sugar per day or 50 teaspoons !
But the question is are you going to wait for a tax on sugar to stop eating too much of it ?