The sugar consumption is significantly rising every year and there are some astounding facts about sugar which we all should be aware about!
1 million metric ton increase in sugar consumption from 2018 to 2019
Manufacturers have been adding sugar in various forms to our foods to improve the palatability and shelf life and with a rise in the consumption of packaged and processed foods, our overall sugar consumption is shooting by the day. Consumption of sugar increased from 26.5 million metric tons in 2018 to 27.5 million metric tons in 2019.
Intake of sugary beverages has been linked to obesity and its comorbidities
Clinical studies have provided convincing evidence that sugary beverages increase the risk not only for obesity but also for features of metabolic syndrome, including elevated blood pressure, insulin resistance, fatty liver, and dyslipidemia. Some soft drinks contain as high as 14 teaspoons of sugar in 500 ml. To put us at lesser risk, we should focus on consuming more whole foods in their natural form.
Did you know 1 tbsp ketchup contains 1 tsp- 4 g of sugar
Who doesn’t enjoy drenching their food in ketchup? It is consumed everywhere in the world and by people of all age groups. But, did you know – 1 tbsp ketchup contains 1 tsp- 4g of sugar and let’s be honest, who stops at 1 tbsp of ketchup. Considering the same, it certainly adds up to our daily consumption of hidden sources of sugar and we should switch to healthier alternatives like tomato salsa or homemade tomato sauce.
Consuming refined sugar results in adding only empty calories
Many are under the impression that going completely off-sugar is not healthy as eating some sugar is important for our health too. But, table sugar (sucrose) is a refined product and provides empty calories to our body which means nothing but simple carbohydrates without any other nutrient. Instead its best to consume complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and pulses.