Did you know that sugar addiction is now more common than drug and alcohol addiction? The average Australian consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar a day. (The recommended daily limit is 6 teaspoons!)
There are 4 main types of sugars: glucose, galactose, fructose and sucrose. The primary concern is the alarming amount of fructose being consumed these days. This type of sugar is found primarily in ripe fruits and is usually found together with glucose to make food taste sweet. Persistently high blood sugar is the most immediate effect that fructose consumption has on our bodies.
Eventually that translates into obesity and type 2 diabetes. Of more concern is the latest research showing that there is a strong relationship between type 2 diabetes and dementia. Estimates have varied, but you are approximately two to four times as likely to have dementia if you also have diabetes or a history of insulin resistance.
The effects of fructose are of serious cause for concern: fatty liver disease, stroke, heart disease, cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, impotence, depression and anxiety.
But the list continues: weight gain, high blood pressure, gout, tooth decay, kidney disease, sleep apnoea, depressed immune response, erectile dysfunction, impaired muscle development, varicose veins.
You only need 1 to 2 pieces per day to get your daily limit of fructose. A small box (40g) of sultanas contains all the sugar of about 130 grapes (approximately 1kg). You shouldn’t eat either in one sitting, but it is easier to do with the handful of sultanas in the box.
The main point here is to see where fructose is found ‘naturally’ in foods and how you really need to control, limit, AVOID all the excess sugar in your diet.