The Sugar Crisis
Imagine a kilo of sugar - the large bag that you might buy in a supermarket. This is the amount the average adult consumes in a fortnight.
The over consumption of sugar has become a real issue. While many of us aim for a well balanced diet, the issue largely arises from the hidden sugars in the foods and drinks we consume. Modern convenience and processed foods often contain large amounts of sugar.
As part of our #BeSugarSmart campaign, Pharma Nord surveyed over 500 adults about their sugar habits. The research reveals the scale of our reliance on sugary snacks, processed foods and sugar-loaded drinks.
Sugar & Your Health
Sugar, or glucose, is a crucial source of energy for our bodies however blood glucose levels rising too high after meals is detrimental to good health.
Blood sugar highs are followed by lows and this can cause tiredness, fatigue, irritability and cravings for more sugary foods and carbohydrates.
Assessing the Health Risks
Type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance
If we have a consistently high intake of sugar, insulin gradually loses its ability to interact with cells and can lead to Type 2 diabetes.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests limiting your sugar intake to a maximum of five percent of your daily calories to reduce the risk of heart disease.
An increase in insulin levels in reaction to sugar consumption may result in a loss of magnesium and as a result, a greater risk of hypertension. Insulin may also cause sodium (salt) retention in the kidney. This increases the amount of fluid in the blood, causing blood pressure to rise.