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Posted: 03/17/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
Do you drink a glass of juice a day? If so, you're likely ingesting too much sugar, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Earlier this month, WHO, the United Nations' global health watchdog, announced its proposed plans to lower its sugar-consumption guidelines from 10 per cent of daily caloric intake to below five per cent. It's encouraging governments around the world to do the same.
That would mean a normal-sized person adhering to WHO guidelines could take in 25 grams of sugar daily. That's equivalent to a can of pop or a glass of juice -- in other words, around six teaspoons of sugar.
What WHO considers a safe amount for children would be even less than six teaspoons.
WHO's proposed sugar limits include table sugar (sucrose) and the naturally occurring sugar in fruit juice. Glucose and fructose added to foods as well as natural sugars present in honey, fruit concentrates and syrups are also on the list.
Canada does not have official sugar-intake recommendations, but scientists here and abroad have made one thing clear: Sugar isn't just bad for teeth; it's linked to Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and increased heart attack risk.
Why? What we know is that sugar is void of nutrition. On top of that, it has the power to get into your bloodstream quickly, raise blood-sugar levels and cause a hormonal reaction that can wreak chaos in the body.
Following the proposed WHO sugar guidelines would be difficult for anyone. Not only is it hard to ignore a craving for sweets, sugar is lurking in foods where you'd least expect it.
As someone with Type 1 diabetes, I need to constantly track my sugar intake. Here are my tips to help you spot hidden sources of sugar in the foods you eat:
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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 17, 2014 D1
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