It May Surprise You But These Foods are Packed With Sugar

Sugar word cloud concept
Sugar word cloud concept

If you’ve made the decision to cut your sugar intake, recognising the risks of too much sugar in your diet, it may surprise you to learn about a number of foods which you probably didn’t even know where bad for you. Sweets and cakes aren’t the only foods loaded with sugar, there are some foods disguised as “healthy” that actually have a pretty high sugar content.

The main culprits are

  1. Sauces such as BBQ, marinara, tomato sauce and salad dressing: between -22 grams per serving
  2. Peanut butter:  4 grams per two tablespoon serving
  3. Packaged cereals:  Some “healthier” varieties contain 18 grams of sugar per serving
  4. Oatmeal:  Flavoured versions can contain 12 grams of sugar per serving
  5. Flavoured yogurt: Up to 18 grams of sugar per serving—more than a serving of ice cream.

Source: http://www.self.com/trending/2016/05/12-surprising-foods-that-are-packed-with-sugar/

 

 

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 

 

 

Sugar Addiction Similar to Narcotics Abuse

junkfoodWe consume sugar on a daily basis, it’s in almost everything we eat yet we may actually be doing our bodies harm with the amount of sugar we put in advertently.

A shocking new study found eating sugar is similar to taking various drugs, according to researchers at Queensland University of  Technology.

The researchers discovered the awful effects of sugar on the brain, even causing changes in behaviour, similarly to the way drugs affect the behaviour of drug addicts.

Find out more at http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/new-research-finds-sugar-addiction-is-like-drug-abuse/news-story/e67611eed4bba66a94e7d945669c22b2

Why Cant We Find a Good Alternative to Sugar

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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

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

Even Certain Immune Cells Can’t Resist Sugar

junkfoodResearchers at Stanford University have discovered that immune cells in plaque build-ups in arteries tend to over-consume sugar.

While clogged arteries are normally associated with fast foods, junk foods and other high-fat indulgence foods, these all have one component in common, sugar.

When these cells in the arteries over-indulge, they produce an “over-zealous” inflammatory response, which researchers believe contributes to coronary artery disease (CAD). This condition leads to constricted arteries blocking blood flow around the heart, resulting in heart attacks, heart failure and death.

The research is significant because heart disease affects millions of people annually. Click here for more.

Have you Been Reading Sugar Labels Wrong

sugarMuch 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

  1. Check the ingredients list, the first food mentioned is the most dominant.
  2. Look at overall sugar content, sugar should be less than 20 grams per 100g.
  3. Be good at dividing when keeping track of those 6 daily teaspoons.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au