Sugar in­take not sweet for health

Central and North Burnett Times - - SOCIALS -

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.

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