According to some experts it is sugar rather than the fats in our diet that contributes to our obesity epidemic. The instant lift we get from sugar is one of the reasons we turn to it at many times like in celebration or when we crave comfort or reward. However, even many of us don’t know that the processed food we consume contains sugar.
But it’s not all bad we need some sugar in our diet to supply ready energy to our muscles and to keep our brains active. Sugar is a carbohydrate and can be found naturally in different foods from lactose in milk to fructose in fruits and honey. The problem in sugar is that many processed foods have added sugar which supplies energy in the form of calories.
What’s your daily allowance?
There are two types of sugar one that is naturally occurring sugar and another is added sugar. The recommendation from world health organization is that only 5 percent of your daily calorie intake should consist of added sugar. That means approximately five or six tablespoon for women and seven to eight for men.
Spot the hidden sugar
Low fat and diet foods may contain extra sugar to help improve their taste and add bulk and texture in place of fat. Ready made soups and sauces may also contain added sugar.
Look on the label
You can discover how much sugar is in your food by doing these simple steps:
• Look at the nutritional panel or chart and check that how much sugar is added in the package. Less than 5g per 100g is low but more than 15g per 100g is high.
• Check the ingredients list for anything named as glucose, sucrose, lactose or maltose these all are the forms of sugar.