Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

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!

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