Sugar is 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Excessive fructose from too much sugar causes the liver to produce triglycerides. The triglycerides cause a fatty and dysfunctional liver, high blood pressure, diabetes and abdominal obesity.
The average Australian consumes 14-16 teaspoons of sugar a day. The recommended daily intake of sugar is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women.
240mls coke contains 6 teaspoons of sugar; 200 g of low fat yogurt contains 6.16 teaspoons of sugar. Daily intake is 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women.
There is a direct correlation between diabetes and high blood pressure with the availability of cheap sugar. In 1973 2% of the American population suffered from diabetes, in 2010 7% of the population suffered from diabetes.
In the span of 30 years, world production of sugar has exploded from 2.8 million tons to 13 million-plus tons. The average American consumes 35 kilos of added sugar per year. Australians are close to or at this level.
For 30 years the myth that fat causes an increase in weight has been perpetuated. Why then is society fatter than ever? It’s not ‘fat’ that puts on weight it is the sweetners added into your food!