September 10, 2015
• The number of people in the UK with Type 2 diabetes has soared
• Experts also worry that high sugar intake is one of the main causes of obesity
• Study also found more children than ever before were at risk of tooth decay
We’re all guilty of indulging in a sweet treat every now and then, whether it’s a bar of chocolate or a slice of cake everyone loves getting their sugar fix. It is no surprise that the number of people that have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in Britain has soared over the last few years. Health experts are concerned that we’re following in America’s footsteps and that soon obesity rates will be out of control. There are a number of other contributing factors to obesity but the amount of sugar we are eating plays a big part. A recent study by the Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition (SACN) found that the average adult in the UK has a daily sugar intake of around 55 grams. This is nearly double what experts are now recommending we have.
The amount of sugar that Britain as a nation consumes has soared over the past couple of decades
Although there are the obvious culprits contributing to our high sugar intake, experts have warned about the so-called ‘hidden’ sugars. For instance, you might think that having a low-fat yoghurt is the healthy option but they can often contain up to 15 grams of sugar. We often forget that the amount of alcohol we drink contributes to our sugar intake. For instance, a pint of cider can contain up to 20g of sugar. Professor Ian McDonald who is the chair of the SACN said that as a nation we should ‘[c]ut down on sugars, increase fibre and we’ll all have a better chance of living longer, healthier lives’. The study was particularly concerned with the impact that sugar was having on young children in Britain. Obesity levels amongst children have risen dramatically over the past couple of decades. It is now estimated that the a third of 11 year olds are overweight. So what can we do to reduce our sugar intake? There are obvious foods and drinks we can cut out such as chocolate and fizzy drinks, however by also making small changes like having plain cereal or porridge for breakfast we can reduce our sugar intake. What do you think of the recent findings? Let us know and leave a comment below!
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