Australians Cut Down on Sugar but Love of Honey Worrying

honeyA 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 

 

 

Anti-Smoking Drug May Help Combat Sugar Addictions

Sugar Nutritional Info and NewsResearchers from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and SRI International in California have found that anti-smoking drugs may actually be useful in combating sugar cravings.

The study conducted on rats found that Champix (Varenicline) which is used to help people stop smoking could also help combat cravings for sugary food and drinks.

The drug works because it targets the “reward pathways” of the brain, areas responding to stimuli. These can range from illegal drugs to gambling, to sugary foods.  Source: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/04April/Pages/Anti-smoking-drug-may-also-help-combat-sugar-cravings.aspx

Beware these “healthy” Beverages

sugarA recent article warned about the hidden sugar content in a number of so-called “healthy” beverages.

Some of the drinks that contain more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), surprisingly include Vitamin Water, Vita Coco coconut water and Naked Kale Blazer.

Just because you think something is “healthy” doesn’t mean it has a low sugar intake, read this article and see why.

UK Sugar Tax Welcomed by Health Campaigners

softdrinksThe UK government will introduce a sugar levy on soft drinks in 2 years time, according to a surprise government announcement made last week.

Health campaigners welcomed the news, while drink makers expressed their outrage.

While the aim of the levy is to help fight obesity in the nation, it would raise about 500 million pounds ($704 million) annually.

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WHO Says Six Teaspoons of Sugar Max

junkfoodThe World Health Organisation (WHO) wants you to know how much sugar is in the food and drinks you’re consuming and limit your intake to just 6 teaspoons a day.

The 2 main reasons to limit our sugar intake is

  • it contains extra kilojoules
  • it’s bad for our teeth.

The biggest problem is that often we aren’t even aware that we’re eating sugar because so many common foods and drinks contain it, and often in large quantity.

That is one of the reasons for the demand of sugar content labelling on food packaging.

Find out more at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-17/quiz-what-does-six-teaspoons-of-sugar-look-like/7086790

Drink More Water to Reduce Body’s Sugar Intake

sugar waterAround two thirds of our bodies are made up of water so it seems obvious that consuming water is important for our health but a new study has shown that increasing the consumption of plain water can help control weight and reduce intake of sodium, saturated fat and sugar.

The study by Professor Ruopeng An from the University of Illinois was published recently in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

The study provided a case for drinking plain water rather than other water based beverages such as broths and food containing water.

Read more about the study at http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/307306.php