The Bitter Truth About Sugar (Part 1)

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Top nutritionist Fiona Hunter gives the lowdown on everything you need to know about sugar and health.

The fact that we all eat more sugar than is good for us is something we’ve all known, or at least suspected, for a long time. The dangers hit the headlines earlier this year, when Dr Aseem Malhorta, science director at the campaign group Action on Sugar, claimed that sugar was as bad for our health as tobacco or alcohol! Studies show, he says, that eating too much increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Description: Eating too much increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity

Eating too much increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity

While other experts dispute these links, most agree that sugar provides “empty calories” that don’t come packaged with any other nutrients. Fruit, on the other hand, is also relatively high in sugar, but packed with fiber and vitamins. Hot on the heels of Dr Malhorta’s claims came a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which recommended a reduction in the amount of “free sugars” we consume from 10% of our total energy down to 5%. For an adult, that’s around 25g or 5tsp a day. “Free sugar” means sugar added to foods by manufacturers, at the table or in cooking, and includes honey, syrups and fruit juices.

Description: “Free sugar” includes honey, syrups and fruit juices

“Free sugar” includes honey, syrups and fruit juices

People who have tried a low-sugar diet say that after a few weeks they have more energy and feel more focused, particularly in the afternoon; lose weight, particularly around the stomach; sleep better and wake more refreshed. Experts say in the long-term eating less sugar will help reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity and it will even delay signs of ageing like wrinkling and loss of collagen.

Cutting out or cutting down on those obvious sources of sugar like sugar in tea or coffee, and foods like biscuits, cakes, puddings and sweets, is a good place to start, but much of the sugar we consume is “hidden” in processed foods and beyond our control. A simple and efective way to reduce the amount of sugar you eat is to start cooking as much as possible from scratch – that way, you have ultimate control over how much sugar you add. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t worry, you can re-educate your palate to enjoy foods that are less sweet. Another option is to use fruit to sweeten baked goods like muffins, or a natural sugar-free sweetener like stevia.

Description: Be aware that much of the sugar we consume is “hidden” in processed foods

Be aware that much of the sugar we consume is “hidden” in processed foods

 
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