Putting on Sugar Consumption on Check
|September 22, 2011||Posted by Alex under Lifestyle|
According to some recent statistics, Canadians consume on average more than double the recommended maximum daily intake of sugar, largely through liquids.
According to the recommendations set down to prevent and avoid complicating diabetes, Canadians should ensure that less than 10% of their daily caloric intake comes from sugar. This amounts to roughly 10-12 teaspoons worth, which at first glance seems like quite a bit in raw form. No one would ever put that much sugar in a single coffee or tea, but spread out over the course of the day it’s something that we should pay attention to.
For instance, a single can of cola contains between 35-45 grams of sugar, which amounts to 9-11 teaspoons of sugar… basically an entire day’s worth! A lot of people have more than one can a day, not including coffee with a double double going for it. Heck, if you go to the movies and buy one of their monster sized drinks there, you could be looking at a couple of day’s worth of sugar intake!
Currently, the demographic which consumes the most sugar are males between the ages of 14-18, who consume a whopping 41 grams a day. The group who consume the least are elderly women, 71 or older, who consume just under 20 grams a day on average.
These statistics are pretty frightening because it just goes to show how much sugar we consume in our diets, often without even noticing it! Of course, that’s not to say that all sugars are necessarily bad. There is quite a bit of natural sugar in wheats, fruits and veggies that we would be consuming regardless. It’s the extracted sugar and the sugar that’s added into products that we need to be careful of.
It could be a good time to start taking into account the sugar contents of the food we eat and watching out. At least you can be sure that the meals in our meal delivery service menus don’t have any added sugars.