An article on Gizmodo.com recently warned us not to be fooled by food labels, in particular those that replace the word sugar with the more healthy sounding “evaporated cane juice”.
Because more and more people are becoming sceptical about sugar content, due to their awareness of the risks associated with excessive sugar consumption, the word sugar is being replace with the greener and fresher souning evaporated cane juice, but been warned, it is still sugar.
Read on at: http://gizmodo.com/evaporated-cane-juice-is-just-sugar-1778951255
In The United States Michelle Obama on behalf of The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has introduced new nutrition labels that include calorie counts in oversize lettering.
Labels also include a line detailing the quantity of added sugars contained in packaged foods.
This is a significant development given that it has been proven that cane and beet sugars that added to foods are causing many diseases from obesity to heart disease and diabetes.
Find out more at: http://www.vogue.com/13439806/fda-nutrition-labels-michelle-obama-added-sugar/
We are all aware that consuming too much energy from fat or carbohydrates including sugar will cause you to gain weight but sometimes its the sneaky sugars that we aren’t aware of that do the most damage.
This is important because if we don’t pay attention the excess weight will increase your risk of lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that we limit our intake of “free sugars” to less than 10 per cent of our total energy intake, although ideally 5% would be best for our health.
Some of the foods that contain free sugars include sucrose or table sugar, as well as naturally present sugars in honey, syrups, fruit juices etc.
Read the full story at http://www.sbs.com.au/topics/science/humans/article/2016/05/24/how-much-sugar-it-ok-eat
A new study found that Australians may be cutting down on sugar, which is good, but they are opting for “natural sugar substitutes” like honey.
It’s good that we’re avoiding artificial sweeteners, sugary foods and drinks and fatty meats and dairy products but research firm Ipsos found that consumers are still buying too much natural sugars such as honey, which in excess can be just as harmful.
Alarmingly the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows more than half of all Australians are exceeding World Health Organisation’s recommendations to have less than 13 teaspoons of sugar a day. This includes honey and sugar naturally present in fruit juice.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/australians-are-cutting-down-on-sugar-but-love-of-honey-worryies-health-experts-20160429-gohys0.html#ixzz47XAomkmn
Since the UK introduced their soft drinks sugar levy, there’s been a lot of talk about doing the same here in Australia.
According to researchers a 20 per cent tax on sugar-sweetened drinks could save more than 1600 lives. It could also raise $400 million a year for health initiatives.
The study, jointly undertaken by the Obesity Policy Coalition and the University of Queensland’s School of Public Health is the first to show impact of a sugary drinks tax.
In the first 25 years of the introduction of the sugary drinks tax, there could be 16,000 less cases of type 2 diabetes and 4400 fewer cases of heart disease. The number of stroke cases would also decline, by an estimated 1000 cases. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/sugar-tax-could-save-1600-lives-raise-400-million-australian-research-shows-20160413-go5mgh.html#ixzz467WFfLmJ
Did you know that giving up sugar offers almost immediate benefits for your health?
In a recent study involving children, cutting down sugar resulted in significant health improvements in just 9 days.
According to a professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of California, sugar is toxic and being an expert on childhood obesity, he set out to research the impact of reducing sugar on 43 obese children between the ages of 9 and 18.
Among them, there were children suffering from at least one chronic disorder such as high blood pressure.
Results showed a drop in cholesterol and blood pressure levels, better blood glucose levels and improved liver function over a period of 9 days, surprising given the short timeframe.
It’s common that we crave sugar every now and then, even those of us who are good keeping to our diets.
Here are 5 proven ways to combat your sugar cravings,
- Swap out sugar for natural sweeteners that don’t impact your blood sugar such as Xylitol and Stevia.
- Start your day with at least 20grams of protein.
- Consider supplementing your diet with schizandra – a natural herb/berry that restores normal blood sugar levels and can help reduce need for sugar.
- Consider supplementing with chromium.
- Add more greens to your diet through smoothies.
See more at: http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/5-sneaky-tricks-to-bust-your-sugar-cravings-wcz/#sthash.nTGhitW7.dpuf
A leading diabetes expert says Australia should consider a sugar tax, similarly to The UK.
Professor Stephen Colagiuri says implementation of the sugar tax is one way the Government could tackle the problem.
The professor is the only Australian contributor to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) inaugural global report on Diabetes.
See more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/australia-urged-to-consider-sugar-tax-amid-grim-diabetes-stats/7305804
Why is it so difficult to find a good alternative to sugar?
Sugar, or more precisely carbohydrate is behind obesity and heart disease. The UK has recently announced a tax on sugary soft drinks.
An article I recently came across discussed the different sugar substitutes and how they fall short of the real thing.
The article delves into why its been so difficult to find a worthy alternative for sugar to satisfy our addiction to sweetness.
Read more at http://theconversation.com/why-finding-a-real-alternative-to-sugar-is-so-difficult-57003