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
The 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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The 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
Although we’ve heard high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is less healthy than sugar, according to the folks at Examine.com it isn’t.
High fructose corn syrup is a blend of glucose and fructose where both molecules float in solution rather than binding together.
It’s cheap to produce and sweeter than sucrose so its commonly used in a lot of foods. But don’t be fooled into thinking sugar is healthier, the experts say this is a myth.
The study shows that the metabolic response by the body, in reference to mostly leptin and insulin, appears to be the same between sucrose and HFCS then both sugars are given in similar oral doses.