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Straight talking about sugar - can you halve your intake

Thursday, 14 April 2016  |  Editor

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Average intake of sugar should be halved

The recent news story calling for fruit juice not to be included as part of the recommended ‘5-a’day’ follows calls earlier this year by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) for the average intake of sugar to be halved in order to reduce rising levels of obesity.

According to the SACN report, total daily intake of sugars should be limited to an average of 25g for women and 35g for men.

Food campaigners have long argued about the sugar content of fruit juices and fizzy drinks and the heavy marketing of such drinks towards children and teenagers as contributing factors in the obesity crisis and increasing numbers of young people with Type 2 Diabetes.

According to Diabetes UK, the number of people with diabetes has rocketed in recent years and if the trend continues, by 2025 an estimated 5 million people in the UK will be diabetic. 

Diets high in refined foods and sweet sugary juices and drinks can eventually lead to a state of insulin resistance where cells no longer respond to insulin; consequently, blood sugar levels remain elevated and the risk of developing diabetes increases.

Alongside reducing sugar intakes, the naturopathic nutritional view of supporting blood sugar balance is to increase intake of omega-3 essential fats and nutrients such as magnesium citrate, vitamin D3, zinc citrate and chromium picolinate in order to support pancreatic function and insulin sensitivity.

See also Sugar warning for smoothies and juices

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