How much sugar is too much?


THE WORLD HEALTH Organization recently recommended a sharp drop in sugar intake.

Just 5 per cent of calories should ideally come from added sugars.

This is a sharp decrease from their previous findings which recommended a 10 per cent intake of sugar.

So, just how much is 5%? Well, the World Health Organisation translates this to about 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day. This equates to about the same as a standard can of soft drink, such as Nestea, The average European consumes almost quadruple the WHO recommendation, wait for it, a whopping 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day.

Reducing sugar in your diet can be tricky because it is so ubiquitous. Even healthy sounding foods like cereal and yoghurt are full of added sugars.

When you are food shopping, make sure you check the ingredients list on labels. Try to reduce your consumption of processed, packaged foods in favour of fresh produce and lean protein, such as poultry, fish and soy based products.

One simple, easy way to make a start is to cut down on cans of soft and sparkling drinks like cola, lemonade and sports drinks. Replace them with water and watch your skin, teeth and eyes improve as your body rehydrates and detoxes itself.

The World Health Organisation says we should consume only six teaspoons of added sugar per day

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