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Sugar: The devil in disguise?

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Most of us are probably aware that sweets, fizzy drinks and puddings are loaded with sugar and so try not to over-indulge for the sake of our teeth and waist lines, but a campaign group has been set up to tackle the amount of sugar added into our food and drink that we may be totally unaware of. For instance, most of us know that fizzy drinks contain large amounts of sugar, but did you know that many so called ‘healthy’ drinks such as fruit juices and smoothies also contain a high amount of sugars?sugar the devil in disguise

Sugar is everywhere

Some of our everyday food and drinks that contain large amounts of sugar are yoghurts, ready meals, sports drinks, flavoured water and even bread. Many of us will already know that a 330ml bottle of original Coca Cola contains a staggering 9 teaspoons of sugar (you wouldn’t go putting that in your cup of tea would you?) and that a bowl of Kellogg’s Frosties isn’t quite the healthy breakfast to start the day, with 4 teaspoons of sugar in a 30g serving, but there are some foods that you would never have thought contained so much additional sugar:

Muller Crunch Corner Strawberry Shortcake Yoghurt – 6 teaspoons of sugar

Yeo Valley 0% Fat Vanilla Yoghurt – 5 teaspoons of sugar

Glaceau Vitamin Water (Defense) – 4 teaspoons of sugar

Heinz Classic Tomato Soup – 4 teaspoons of sugar

Starbuck Caramel Frappuccino with whipped cream and skimmed milk – 11 teaspoons of sugar

Health risks

According to the NHS, most children and adults in the UK are consuming too much sugar, with the main concern that high sugar content equals high calories and therefore increased risk of obesity. Nearly two thirds of us in the UK are overweight or obese which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes and many argue that high doses of sugar can actually increase the risk of developing a fatty liver.

Reduction in sugar

Obesity and diabetes are on the increase in the UK and the campaign group ‘Action on Sugar’ which is pushing for cuts in the amount of sugar and salt which are ‘hidden’ in our foods,  is hoping for a reduction of 20%-30% within three years. The decrease in the amout of sugar added should be done gradually so that consumers are unaware of the reduction and these steps will hopefully significantly reduce the numbers of people suffering from obesity and diabetes.

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After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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