Think about sugar


Think about your sugar intake.

We all know that consuming a large amount of sugar is not good for us but do you know how much sugar you are consuming each day?

In 2012 the Australian health survey found that on average Australians were consuming 60g of sugar daily.  This is equivalent to 14 teaspoons every day

The current recommendations from the World Health Organisation are that we should only be consuming 6 teaspoons of added sugars.

The majority of these sugars come from the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages such as soft drink, energy drinks, sports drinks and fruit and vegetable juices.

Increased consumption of sugary drinks can increase your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, increase incidence of tooth decay and can even reduce bone density leading to osteoporosis.

It also has a significant impact on your weight.  For example if you consume one can of sugary drink daily you could put on almost 6.5kg a year

You can reduce your sugar intake by:

  • Avoiding juices, soft drinks and sports drinks and drinking only water and plain milk
  • Avoiding adding sugar to tea and coffee
  • Limit sweet based treats such as cakes, muffins and sweet biscuits and keep portions small.

 How our dietitians can help.

  • Talk about current food and nutrition issues and how they might affect you
  • Provide individual nutrition assessments
  • Create personalised eating plans
For more information check here

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