1. The average Australian consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar a day. Fact.
2. There is strong evidence that sugar consumption is linked to obesity, heart disease and other serious medical conditions. Specifically it is the fructose component of sugar which is the problem. The liver converts fructose to fat!! The science
3. Sugar is present in a lot of food and drinks that most of us are not aware of.
4. The consumption of sugar has grown steadily since the 1970's.
5. The weight of the average Australian has grown dramatically over this time.
7. Most people believe that fat intake and lack of exercise are the main causes of the obesity epidemic.
8. Some medical authorities believe that sugar intake is more important than fat intake or exercise.
9. The American Heart Association released a Scientific Statement on Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Disease. (September 2009) Read article.
10. This recommends a maximum of 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women (9 for men).
11. Note this is around a quarter of the current average intake.
12. The main sources of sugar intake in our diets are soft drink, confectionary, fruit juice, breakfast cereal, processed foods, desserts and sugar added to tea and coffee.
13. One can of coke contains 9 teaspoons of sugar.
14. You may be surprised once you start reading labels to discover how much added sugar you are consuming.
15. Note that a teaspoon of sugar weighs 4 grams. A standard 200ml glass of orange juice contains 16 grams of sugar, that is 4 teaspoons.