Can’t stop eating sugar? A new recommendation from the World Health Organization might make you rethink your propensity for the sweet stuff.
In 2002, WHO recommended that only 10 percent of our daily calories should come from sugar. Now, they’re suggesting that five percent would be ideal (that’s less than what’s in one can of soda, FYI).
‘Five per cent of total energy intake is equivalent to around 25 grams (around 6 teaspoons) of sugar per day for an adult of normal Body Mass Index (BMI),’ WHO wrote in a press release.
So we’re supposed to be eating 6 teaspoons of sugar. But how much are we actually eating? According to a 2011 report from Statistics Canada, Canadians consume 26 teaspoons (!) a day. Ouch.
If you’ve been following health news lately, you already know that sugar is often condemned for it’s link to obesity and chronic diseases. A recent study even linked it to premature death from heart disease.
You think all these scary studies would get us to cut down on our consumption, but it’s not that easy.
As our blogger, Erin Phelan, attempts to cut sugar from her diet for 66 days, she’s finding it difficult to resist temptation. Not surprising really, given that studies have shown just how addictive sugar is.
Want to cut out sugar? The first thing you should do is stop drinking it. Cut out soda and processed foods.
For motivation, follow along with Erin as she attempts to win her battle with sugar.
-Katharine Watts, associate web editor