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No Sugar Coating It — UN Warns the World Consumes Too Much Sugar

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, Sugarjuices, 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.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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