NEW WHO GUIDANCE: Halve the amount of sugar in your diet.
· Evidence shows most adults and children eat more sugar than is recommended.
- Food and drinks that have a lot of added sugar contain calories and few other nutrients
- Sugary foods and drinks can also cause tooth decay. But sugar found naturally in whole fruit is less likely to cause tooth decay than juices or blends because the sugar is contained within the body of the fruit
· An average adult should consume less than 25g (around six teaspoons) of sugar every day. The limits would apply to all sugars added to food, as well as sugar naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates. To put this in context a typical 330ml can of cola contains about nine teaspoons of sugar.
Some foods have surprisingly high amounts of sugar added to them.
· YOGURT is often laden with sugar to keep flavor and texture when fat is removed. A 5oz serving of some 0% fat yogurts can contain as much as five teaspoons of sugar.
· A shop-bought Tomato pasta sauce is often packed with sugar to make the sauce taste, less acidic. A third of an average-sized jar, roughly 150g, can contain over three teaspoons of sugar.
· Mayonnaise can contain up to 4g of sugar.
· Vitamin water has vitamins and sugar added. A 500ml glass of some brands contains nearly four teaspoons of sugar.
· Bread. The sugar content in the average slice of processed bread varies but can be as high as 3g.
TAKEAWAY: WATCH AND CUT YOUR “ADDED” SUGAR INTAKE