Did you know that there are over 56 different names for sugar?
Most of us know that eating too much added sugar is unhealthy for our bodies. Nutritional labels can be daunting to most and with over 56 different names for sugar how are we supposed to monitor how much additional sugar we are ingesting?
Just as we discussed in our blog about the Glycemic Index, not all sugars are created the same. There are different types of sugars and each one interacts with your body in a different way:
- Natural sugars are found in fruits, vegetables, milk and legumes. These contain fibre, water and micro-nutrients which provide your body with additional health benefits such as blood sugar regulation, digestion health and hydration.
- Added sugar/free sugar are refined from plants such as sugar cane and can be found in food that is energy dense including, processed foods and drinks which contain little to no additional nutritional benefits.
Australians consume an average of 14 teaspoons of added sugar a day! That is more than twice the daily recommended limit of 6 teaspoons of sugar for adults according to The World Health Organisation. This is, of course, referring to added and free sugars, not the natural sugars in fruits, veggies and dairy products.
81% of free sugar is consumed in the form of energy-dense and nutrient-poor foods and drinks and are often hidden in plain sight. Most foods which increase our daily sugar intake come from foods you would hardly guess contain as much sugar, if not more than a donut!
If you are just as shocked as we were by how much sugar is hiding in everyday food, then it's time to make the change and reduce your sugar intake! Speak to our team about how our custom meal plans can assist you in reducing your sugar intake and improve your overall health and well being.