High sugar consumption and its link to diseases

The increasing prevalence of obesity is becoming an epidemic in many countries. The high amount of sugar consumption that is seen in most countries worldwide (with the exception of central Africa and southern Asia) is a relatively new phenomenon. For example, in the 1850s people in Germany used to consume approximately 2 kg of sugar per person, per year, but in 2015 the figure rose to about 30 kg!

Is there a link between a high sugar intake and excess weight? Scientists claim that there is a correlation between daily sugar consumption and an individual’s weight – and unfortunately often – excess weight. There are indications that a high sugar intake significantly increases the risk of type two Diabetes, fatty liver (which might lead to liver cancer) and also cardiovascular diseases. The important thing for us as consumers is the intention to reduce our sugar intake. In order to accomplish this, we have to know under what names sugars are presented to us on the list of ingredients. These include, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, inverted sugar, maltose and others.

Total sugar abstinence might be unrealistic, but one should review one’s habits concerning its consumption. Is it necessary for example, to consume soft drinks? Can I replace sweets at times with fresh or dry fruits? Especially for future generations, our habits linked to daily sugar consumption will probably have a high impact on both our physiological and psychological health.

 by MMag. Dr. Altenberger Tibor

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