Your Daily Diet May [Harmfully] Contain up to 46 Teaspoons of Sugar

Published:July 3rd, 2010

[MailOnline] Calorie-counting during meals are indeed difficult for those who just started, let alone for a simple consumer who doesn’t realize the loads of sugar taken in for every meal.

Health experts have warned that a growing number of adults are already consuming about 46 teaspoons or more daily, which actually poses a health threat aside from it being a weight threat. This includes cereals for breakfast, add-ons during lunches, and desserts for dinners including sodas and sweetened beverages.

US food companies have been found to be adding up on the sugar content of their products to attract more sales. British manufacturers on the other hand insist that they have been reducing sugar levels on their products as part of a healthier campaign in the processed foods industry. US studies however was the first in its league to examine how dangerous additional sugars can be, and how it can impact cholesterol. It was discovered that a high sugar diet is just as dangerous as a high cholesterol diet – increasing the risk of heart complications.

A study published recently in the Journal of American Medical Association pointed out that a lot of people don’t notice the high levels of sugar taken in every meal. Miriam Vos, Assistant Professor from Emory School of Medicine further notes that this is a silent threat. “High levels of sugar have the same effects of increasing triglycerides as it affects the same lipids similar to a high fat diet.”

Sugar consumption has increased through the years given the fact that the food industry has increased the intake of caloric sweeteners. A study was conducted looking at the blood results of some 6,000 American adults from 1999 to 2006. Proponents of this study noticed that the highest consuming group was taking in about 46 teaspoons of extra sugar a day – highlighting the importance of monitoring sugar intake in every meal. A Chinese take-out, for example, has sweet and sour chicken with egg fried rice and spring rolls containing about 62 grams of sugar, which is equal to more than 15 teaspoons of sugar alone. Even meals ready for takeaways contain a lot of sugar.

A British Food and Drink Federation spokesman notes however that “There is no conclusive evidence linking sugar to obesity, but many companies have already taken action in reducing sugar to lower the energy content in their products. New recipes have already taken this into consideration since January 2008 and have now lower sugar, salt, and fat content. Given the fact that anything in excess is harmful, itemizing food components according to sugar levels will not help the population to practice a realistic perception of their diet.”

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