Damon Gameau, author of That Sugar Book and That Sugar Film suggests a sugar label overhaul to help us distinguish between sugar that’s a natural part of the food and sugars added by the manufacturer.
Currently Australia’s food labels only reveal the total sugar content of a product which means that its giving you the total amount of sugar in the product, both naturally occurring and that added during processing in one number instead of separating the two and allowing us distinguish between natural sugars and artificial ones in our food.
Gameau also suggests that sugar numbers be displayed on packaging in teaspoons and not grams to make it more understandable to consumers. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/the-case-for-smarter-labelling-of-sugar-20160313-gni0b5.html#ixzz42p3OUcHz
Sugary drinks could be more damaging to our health than previously thought, according to a new study which links cola and lemonade to brain damage.
The study conducted on rats showed changes to the region of the brain that controls emotional behaviour and cognitive function. In fact the damage was more extensive than those caused by extreme early life stress, researchers say.
Adverse early life experiences such as extreme stress or abuse increase the risk of poor mental health and psychiatric disorders later in life, researchers say.
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Much of the problem with sugar is that it is a sneaky ingredient in some foods we’d never expect, making it difficult to monitor our consumption accurately.
In a post on Huffington Post Australia, a nutritionist said sugar is actually more invasive than we think. Nowadays its everywhere, in almost all packaged food.
In this way giving up sugar could seem impossible. Think of foods like bread, barbeque sauce, salad dressing, instant porridge or even muesli bars.
It’s true, sugar doesn’t need to be avoided completely but most of us are consuming too much of it, especially if you take into consideration that the World Health Organisation recommends six teaspoons of added sugar per day and obesity, diabetes and heart diseases are just some of the consequences.
When buying products
- Check the ingredients list, the first food mentioned is the most dominant.
- Look at overall sugar content, sugar should be less than 20 grams per 100g.
- Be good at dividing when keeping track of those 6 daily teaspoons.
A recent article on Forbes discussed the importance of labels on our food and drink products to indicate the sugar content of the items we’re consuming.
As the expert pointed out, reducing the amount of sugar we consume is not only about losing weight or preventing teeth cavities. Too much sugar is bad for a person’s long term health.
A 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found “a significant relationship” between excessive sugar consumption and a higher risk for cardiovascular disease mortality.
Also people who consumed a quarter or more of their daily calories from sugar, had double the chance of dying from heart disease than people with a daily sugar intake of 7 per cent or less.
Experts say the problem is widespread in The US, with Americans consuming on average 20 teaspoons of sugar daily.
An international public health expert has warned that soft drink labels should specify sugar levels, by indicating the number of teaspoons of sugar contained.
New York University professor Marion Nestle, author of Soda Politics, backed soft drink tax proposals from dentists who said it was rotting young people’s teeth.
She said the sugary soft drink industry was so good at marketing that they made people think it was acceptable to substitute soft drinks for water.
She suggested parents dunk a baby tooth in a glass of soda in front of their kids so they can see what happens after week or so.
A can of soft drink contains about 9-10 teaspoons of sugar, with a 600ml containing 16 teaspoons.
There’s so much in the news about sugar, especially as it relates to health and wellbeing, dieting and weight loss!
There seem to be hundreds of conflicting views and opinions, some saying its good, some bad, and some indifferent!
On this blog our team finds all sorts of useful facts, information and current news about sugar (in all its various forms!) to help you get the best out of your life with vibrant health and longevity.