By Fredrica Syren:
A new report from The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says the world is eating too much sugar and should cut its sugar intake by more than half, which is estimated to be about six to twelve teaspoons per day. According to WHO, by reducing sugar intake, we could help curb the obesity epidemic, sickness and tooth decay.
The report focuses on “hidden” sugar in processed foods such as tomato sauce, breakfast cereal, ketchup, juices, not naturally occurring sugar in fruits and vegetables since it’s considered natural and comes with important nutrients. This processed sugar is what threatens our health, WHO warns. The problem with “hidden” sugar is that we don’t know when we’re eating it or how much we’re eating since it’s sometimes added to things that are not desserts. The danger of sugar is not news since experts have for years talked about the danger of sugar and have emphasized that, when we eat large amounts of processed sugar, we face a higher risk of dying early from heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Today, Americans get 13 percent of their calories from processed sugar, which is about 18 teaspoons of sugar, while Europeans’ sugar intake is anywhere from 7 percent to 25 percent, depending where in Europe they live.