SUGAR GUIDE­LINES

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

WORLD Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) guide­lines rec­om­mend that adults and chil­dren re­duce their sugar in­take to six tea­spoons a day for health ben­e­fits.

Four grams of sugar is roughly equal to about one tea­spoon

Sugar is of­ten hid­den in pro­cessed foods. For ex­am­ple, one ta­ble­spoon of ketchup con­tains around four grams of sugar.

Many foods ad­ver­tised as “low-fat” such as yo­ghurt re- place the fat con­tent with sugar.

En­ergy sports drinks, fruit juice, salad dress­ing and mari­nades all con­tain added or re­fined sugar.

Eat­ing ex­cess sugar – above your body's en­ergy (calo­rie) needs – can lead to weight gain, fatty liver and other se­ri­ous dis­eases.

Fruit con­tains fruc­tose (a sugar), but also has fi­bre and other nu­tri­ents, so when we eat it, it is di­gested slower and a blood spike is avoided. The body also ben­e­fits from the other nu­tri­ents in fruit.

Se­ri­ous ill­ness can be pre­vented by healthy eat­ing and liv­ing an ac­tive life­style.

The qual­ity and amount of food we eat in­flu­ences our risk of choles­terol, high blood pres­sure and weight gain which can lead to a num­ber of long-term health prob­lems, in­clud­ing coro­nary health dis­ease, Type 2 di­a­betes, stroke, poor men­tal health, chronic kid­ney dis­ease, some can­cers and den­tal cav­i­ties.

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