It was a popular song in the sixties, and one we sing to
ourselves subconsciously every day, perhaps the words have been rearranged
slightly to ‘sweet for my sweet tooth and sugar in just about everything’. Our
love affair with sugar started in the fifties but was really ramped up in the
seventies with the reduction in cost to manufacture processed foods and sweet
treats. In particular, the food industry found a way to mass produce a cheaper
source of sweetener for our foods (high fructose corn syrup – HFCS) foods became
much sweeter (yummy) and because the products were cheaper to make the portion
sizes got bigger too.

We are 3 stones heavier today than our counterparts were in
the fifties; this is because of the huge increase in daily calorie consumption
combined with a more sedentary lifestyle. Sugar has a great part to play in
this weight gain. It’s in our cakes, biscuits, savoury snacks, breads, sauces, salad
dressings, toppings, pizzas and soft drinks; the list goes on – just about
every processed food.

Too much sugar causes weight gain, diabetes, cavities,
increased hunger, high blood pressure, an impaired immune system, liver damage
and risk of cancer. I’ll stop there because I’m not trying to give you or
myself nightmares. No one is saying we have to give up sugar all together, a
little of what you fancy is o.k. the trouble is according to studies the
average person in the UK consumes 238
teaspoons of sugar each week
and this is way too much. “A draft report by the
Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) says sugar added to food or
naturally present in fruit juice and honey should account for 5% of energy
intake.” (BBC News June 2014 – Call to halve target for added sugar). Interesting right?

Let’s all make a promise to ourselves to cut down on our
sugar intake. This is one New Year’s resolution that will be worth keeping.

If you haven’t watched this informative BBC documentary, it’s worthwhile:


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