The public health specialists have discovered that the daily sugar intake is a major factor influencing the development of a wide range of conditions.
Over the past few years, the researchers have become more aware of the fact that many products in our everyday diets contain a lot of sugar. More precisely, food producers add sugar to almost every product, including mayonnaise and pasta sauces.
- In 2016, the obesity epidemic has been greatly influenced by the daily sugar intake especially in Australia where more than 60 percent of the adults and 25 percent of the children are at least overweight if not obese.
- Sugar-sweetened beverages were related to a broad array of conditions, such as dental caries, lower fertility, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.
- In Australia, there is an average sugary drinks’ consumption of 76 liters per person every year.
- Health costs increased by 15 percent in 2016, most of them related to obesity.
- The United States, South Africa, Ireland, the UK, Chile, Finland, Hungary, Belgium, and France took active measures to reduce sugar intake in sweetened beverages.
The human body uses sugar as energy, but the extra sugar in our diet is usually transformed into fat and stored in the belly or worse, in the liver. Although some companies use sugar substitutes in soda, recent research has revealed that these substitutes might have the opposite effect in consumers, increasing the risk of obesity.
According to the experts, sugar-sweetened beverages have no nutritional value, but they contain a significant number of calories. More precisely, a bottle of soda contains over 64 grams of sugar, which is equal to 16 teaspoons.
As such, public health specialists strongly recommend people to refrain themselves from consuming soft drinks. Instead, they should eat more fruits, as they are a healthy and natural source of sugar.
Pears, apples, and oranges are rich in fiber, meaning that eating them will make you feel satiated faster. Plus, fiber slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream, so you will have a lower risk of gaining some extra pounds.
Also, you will be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. In other words, adopting healthier dietary habits will make you more aware of the daily sugar intake.