Sugar intake not sweet for health
SUGAR has enjoyed a long association with celebration – cakes, desserts, soft drinks and other treats contain high quantities of this sweet substance.
Who could forget Julie Andrews singing, “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down in a most delightful way”?
But increasingly nutritionists and other health profes- sionals are linking sugar to obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and stress that replacing it with artificial sweeteners is not the answer.
On average it is estimated that every Australian consumes 45kg of sugar every year.
American endocrinologist Dr Robert Lustig has declared sugar has replaced fat as the new dietary evil.
“It is chronically poisonous, and we are overdosed,” Dr Lustig said.
“It’s killing us. Sugar is not good for us in anyway, shape or form.
“We need fats for brain growth. Fats are essential and we have essential fatty acids that we must take in, but sugar is a way bigger problem than fat ever was.”
Other health professionals believe Dr Lustig’s focus on sugars, and sugars alone, is ineffective.
Professor Jennie Brand Miller from Sydney University said we should cut down on all bad foods. When celebrating Christmas this year, consider how much sugar is contained in the food and drinks you’re consuming.