sugar freeSugar is hard to resist and our consumption of it has increased relentlessly.

I recently read an article by Dr Luisa Dillner/ London, commenting on research results from the Universities of Bristol and Bangor, published in the journal Appetite, showed that drinking two sugary drinks a day makes us crave even sweeter food and drink.

How much sugar should we eat a day?

The British Dietetic Association advises no more than about 50g of added sugars (such as fruit juice and other drinks, honey, jam and sugar you add to food). One teaspoon of sugar (about 4g) has around 16 calories. A large coke (half a litre) will have 15 teaspoons. Most people eat more sugar than they should and do not reduce their calorie intake if they drink sugary drinks. A review of the link between drinking sweetened drinks and obesity, published in the journal Public Health Nutrition, concluded that sweet drinks have caused a fifth of the weight gained in the US population between 1977 and 2007. Even fruit juice is deceptively bad for you – Lustig says it causes obesity in toddlers. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice can contain five teaspoons of sugar.

Dr Luisa Dillner advises in the article that we dilute fruit juice or eat fruit (less concentrated sugar) and read how much sugar is in the food you buy. Eat less of it. — Guardian News and Media