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.