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Sugar - Again!

Sorry but I am going to raise the issue of sugar in the diet – again!

Yesterday’s Sunday Times stated that 46,500 children are admitted to hospital every year to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic after they decayed because of excessive consumption of sugary drinks and sweets.

It’s Not Just Tooth Decay

As I have mentioned in previous blogs, tooth decay is just one problem with excessive sugar in the diet. I regularly see clients who are struggling with symptoms such as fluctuating energy, digestive discomfort and weight gain. They are often eating what they consider to be a ‘healthy diet’ but my nutritional analysis demonstrates that their sugar intake is high. I am not saying the sugar is the only reason for these health problems but it certain is a significant factor.

How Much Is Too Much?

Although the UK government are advising that the consumption of sugar should be kept below 10% of energy intake the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that a dietary intake of free sugar below 5%, or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons), per day would provide further health benefits. Free sugars refer to monosaccharides (such as glucose, fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and drinks by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, and sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.

Remember:

SUGAR IS SUGAR

It might be marketed as a ‘healthy’ sugar but it is still sugar, so honey made by bees from special flowers in the mountains of goodness is sugar but with a fancy name. Don’t be duped by the marketing - white sugar, brown sugar, honey, syrup or agave nectar it is all broken down very quickly by the body to molecules of glucose.  

DON’T DRINK YOUR SUGAR

Dentist will tell you this is one of the biggest problem in terms of tooth decay in children as the drinks gives the teeth a nice bath in sugar. Hydrate with water, you can jazz it up with fruit filled ice cubes and fancy straws but leave out the cordials and juice.

READ THE LABEL

Some research suggests that we are only aware of around 25% of the sugar we eat, the rest is hidden in manufactured products. If it says ‘low fat’ it is probably high sugar – don’t eat it!

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