Sugar, Sugar: Friend or Foe?

Sugar, Sugar: Friend or Foe?

There is no doubt that sugar is essential to the healthy functioning of our organism, but we need to know that everything is healthy in moderation. The guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), recommend adults and children to reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

That seems a lot, we may think that “ahh … I do not even eat that much, since I drink Diet Coke and 100% juices with pulp. I just nibble a little square of my favorite chocolate daily in the morning to start my day.” Sound familiar? Here comes the bad news, large quantities of sugars consumed today are “hidden” in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweets.

WHO’s research shows that the sugar intake in adults ranges from about 7-8% of total energy intake in Hungary, the worrying fact is that children’s caloric intake has been over 12%. Uniformly speaking, the bulk of those sugar quantities, are added to our body by us in the form of candy, food, cakes and drinks at home.

And now let’s see how much is:

50 grams of sugar, The World Health Organization (WHO), maximum recommended daily intake …

… 50 grams of sugar = one and a half of Mars chocolate …

… 50 grams of sugar = six bowl of Kellogg’s honey Corn Flakes. A bowl of a total 30 grams, of which 8.7 grams is sugar …

… 50 grams of sugar = five tablespoons of Nutella …

….50 grams of sugar = almost 0,5 liter of Coca-Cola (462 ml) …

… 50 grams of sugar = almost 0,5 liter of 100% Tropicana orange juice, which is listed as “no sugar added” …
….50 grams of sugar = a quarter pack of M & M’s candy…
… 50 grams of sugar = a packet of dried fruit with almonds (78 grams) …

… 50 grams of sugar = five package of fruit squash drink for children, which also has “no added sugar ” label…

… So the food which has sugar and we never thought of . 80-gram Barilla Penne pasta has 3 grams of sugar …

… The frozen pizza contains 22 grams of sugar …

… 50 grams of sugar = 18 slices of bread. One slice contains 2.8 grams of sugar.


So which foods and beverages are concerned to the recommended daily value of 50 (25) grams?

It is important to know that the WHO recommendations concern only and exclusively to the food and beverages which are industrially processed, or sugar is added during cooking by the consumer. (Ex.: in honey, syrups, juices and sugary juice concentrate.) But sugar does not apply to fresh fruits and vegetables from or naturally found in milk.

After this, is it worth asking why to drink SmooGo? ?

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