Sugar as Dangerous as Alcohol and Tobacco!
The headline news today is very much focused on the dangers of sugar in our diet. The new addiction is sugar!
Health experts are so concerned they are campaigning for the food and drink industries to reduce the amount of hidden sugar in foods. The aim is not only to reverse the UK's growing obesity epidemic but also improve the health of the nation. The direct costs caused by obesity is estimated to be £5.1 billion a year. That is without the other related serious health risks such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and hypertension. The experts say, sugar, whether added to food by you or the manufacturer, is the greatest threat to human health bar none.
Can you believe, the average Briton is consuming more than a kilo, 238 teaspoonfuls, a WEEK. Few of those teaspoons would be added by ourselves, most are what are added to foods and drinks during manufacture. Reducing sugar in processed foods by 20-30% could remove 100 calories a day from diets.
• Tooth decay
• Suppress the immune system, reduces the body's ability to defend against bacterial infection
• Can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and behaviour problems in children
• Premature aging
• Increased growth of yeast infections
• Increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
• Can cause food allergies
• and so on
A Professor of Medicine in Ottawa recommends "We need to re-relegate sugar to the role of occasional treat rather than its current role of everyday, anytime, crutch."
A Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology says "sugary drinks are like the alcohol of childhood". He adds that "some scientists believe that fructose fools our brains into thinking we are not full, so we overeat. The excess fructose cannot be converted into energy, instead it turns into liver fat which leads to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease".
Can you walk past a sugary treat or chocolate without taking one?
Do you always have a dessert or need something sweet while watching TV or at the cinema?
Do you have 'lows' when you feel you need a sugar boost?
Do you develop headaches and mood swings if you go with sugar for 24 hours?
If you answer yes to any of the above, you are addicted to sugar!