On average, Aussies are now consuming 60g of added (free) sugar every day. That’s roughly 14 teaspoons.
The health ramifications are obvious: sugar causes tooth decay. And the foods where high concentrations of sugar are found, such as chocolate, biscuits, soft drinks and cakes, are also high in kilojoules, leading to weight gain.
Alarmingly, over half of the added sugar in our diet comes from sweet drinks. Further, both sugary food and drinks are high in kilojoules, but have very little nutritional value or satiety (which means they’re easy to overeat). And this is why sugar is a major culprit in the obesity problem.
The WHO dietary guidelines recommend that we limit added sugar to six teaspoons for adults and three teaspoons for children per day. Given that a standard 600ml bottle of soft drink has around 16 teaspoons of sugar, this recommendation may be a big ask for many Aussies!