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5 Things about Sugar
Almost every day we are being told to watch out on how much sugar we are knowingly and unknowingly putting into our bodies. The general rule is that we are eating too much sugar in virtually every product we consume. We are addicted to the stuff because we, as human beings, are programmed to like sweet tasting foods and drinks; but the subject is not as clear cut as sugar is bad.
So we at UKVending have brought you five interesting facts about sugar.
- Is sugar bad for me?
Some sugars are fine for us to consume, but diets that have a lot of sugar in them can lead to weight gain. The best sugars to eat are those that you get naturally from starchy, rather than sugary sources. The human body can process starchy carbohydrates quicker and easier than processed sugars and this has the added benefit of allowing the slower and more gradual release of the stored energy.
- How much is too much?
Generally speaking added sugars should not account for more than 10 percent of the daily intake of calories. So to break it down further: 70grams a day for men and 50grams a day for women.
- Where does this sugar come from?
Those of us, who drink soft drinks, eat confectionery, biscuits and cakes are taking on board a lot of extra calories and sugars that the body doesn’t actually need. Try finding alternatives without added sugars or sweeteners and replacing them with naturally occurring sugar sources such as vitamins and minerals.
- How can I tell how much sugar is in my food?
On the packing of most food products the total sugar content will be displayed, and if it’s greater than 22.5g per 100g or there is more than 27g in one portion, then the product is high in sugar. You also need to check the ingredients list to see whether sugars have been added or whether they’re naturally occurring.
- Are there particular types I should watch out for?
Sugars have a variety of names. Anything ending with an ‘ose’, such as fructose, glucose, dextrose, is an added sugar. Beware of the addition of ingredients like concentrated apple or grape juice, honey, syrup and nectar.