Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Do you want sugar coating?

According to an article in the Guardian, sugar is toxic enough to kill mice and is the drug of choice for laboratory rats, who prefer it to cocaine. The head of the health service in Amsterdam has called for government restrictions on sugar in food and a ban on soft drinks in schools. A recent report shows that in this country all age groups exceed the recommended daily sugar allowance. So – where are we getting all our sugar from? Did you know that manufacturers have responded to our increasing cravings for sugar and added more to foods? For example, Hovis wholemeal bread as doubled in sugar content between 1978 and 2013 ! A study has shown that children who have one sugary drink a day are 55% more likely to be overweight than those who do not. Increased sugar intake increases the risk of developing diabetes and heart conditions. So – well worth considering cutting down our sugar intake – and beware the low fat options – often the fat is replaced with sugar (to make the product taste ‘right’). The recommended limit for sugar in a 2000 cal diet is 50g – that’s about a dozen spoons of sugar – always check the labels!

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