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New guidance on sugar levels as Britain battles rising obesity

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

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Hidden sugar levels in everyday food and drinks could be having a devastating on our long term health, according to the latest guidance from the World Health Organisation.

Health boffins recommend no more than six teaspoons should be consumed daily by adults to avoid obesity, heart disease and other serious illnesses.

But many common food stuffs, such as a can of Coke or Pepsi has nine teaspoons and a Starbucks caramel frappuccino is loaded with as much as 11 teaspoons of sugar.

Doctors claim sugar can be as detrimental to health as tobacco, with a huge knock-on effect to the NHS as patients suffer related ailments.

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Francesco Branca, director for nutrition for health and development at WHO, said: “Obesity affects half a billion people in the world and it is on the rise.

“Sugar along with other risk factors might certainly become the new tobacco in terms of public health action. The consumption of a single serving of sugar sweetened soda might actually already exceed the limit for a child.

“So certainly the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages should be done with great care.

“It actually is one of the elements that has been more constantly associated to increase weight gain particularly in children.”

Experts have said it is becoming increasingly difficult for families to monitor how much sugar is in food due to unclear labelling.

Pressure group Action on Sugar has produced its own table of foods to make it clearer for consumers.

For example a 51g Mars Bar has eight teaspoons, a can of Red Bull has seven, a Muller strawberry shortcake Crunch Corner has six teaspoons and so does an Innocent smoothie.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  March 10 2014, 12:24AM

    dcfc79, do you think that babies have any control over what they are fed? Sugar is addictive, and it's hidden in various foods and drinks.

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  • dcfc79  |  March 09 2014, 6:27PM

    Education education education, its alright saying theres x amount sugar in this and that but education is what is needed as well, if people still continue to consume foods with sugar in then its to them. There should be some kind of tax to consate for those who are obese and causing a strain on the healther service.

  • zinboya  |  March 09 2014, 10:40AM

    Why don,t these" we no best " people shove there prying big snout where sun don,t shine.

  • supernova1  |  March 08 2014, 11:09AM

    The cynic in me wonders why this Christmas, everyone and their dog had a sugar-free diet/fitness plan/video. And all the 'experts' are saying that fat is ok for you! Jeeeeez, don't know about being able to afford fresh food, I can't afford all the ****ing recipe books....lol!

  • Beekeeper  |  March 08 2014, 10:43AM

    So stop promoting the Coca Cola lorry, TiG.

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