Video transcript

Our love of sugar has never been higher – since 1960 consumption has tripled.

Too much sugar can lead to obesity and consequently heart disease and diabetes.

We’re talking about free sugar here – that’s the sugar added to foods by the manufacturer, a cook or us! Plus the sugar in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates.

Naturally occurring sugars found in fresh whole fruits, vegetables and dairy are OK.

Soft drinks, energy drinks, cordial, fruit juice are the most significant sources of free sugars (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

How much sugar is too much?

The World Health Organization recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of your total energy intake, i.e. 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons per day for men. Australians consume a whopping 14 teaspoons of sugar per day!

How to cut down on sugar?

    • Read labels – sugar hides!
    • Low fat foods often have high sugar
    • Don’t go cold turkey – reduce the amount gradually
    • Cut down on soft drinks, fruit juice, processed and packaged foods
    • Artificial sweeteners may maintain your sweet tooth so cut them out
    • Try 70% cacao dark chocolate to satisfy a craving
    • Or a few fresh berries or an orange
    • Eat more high protein foods
    • Fill up on fibre
    • Exercise to work off those sugar cravings!

Last Reviewed: 17/06/2019

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