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Low fat foods contain an average 20% more sugar than full fat equivalents

Published on April 7, 2014,

Most readers will not be surprised at this latest exposure of low fat foods, but it is another example, this time from the Mail Online, of how mainstream media is picking up on the low fat foods scam and the way the removed fat is replaced by hidden sugar…

Low fat foods ‘contain 20% more sugar than full fat equivalents’Experts label some of sugar levels found in a probe as dangerous Eating ‘skinny’ version of certain products could lead to health risk Channel 4′s Dispatches tests some of UK’s best-known food brands By Sean Poulter Low fat food sold as good for you is often anything but because it contains more sugar, a study suggests. It found manufacturers are making their ‘healthy’ options more palatable by replacing fat with sugar. Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Wolfson Institute, said people need to reduce their consumption of both. ‘The problem is, not only are we developing vascular disease but we’re getting obese and getting diabetes, and that’s due to too many calories,’ he added.

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Hidden levels of sugar in alcohol revealed

Published on April 1, 2014,

Bad news for many but there’s an interesting article in the UK’s Telegraph investigating the levels of hidden sugar in alcoholic drinks, with cider in particular being singled out as containing as much sugar as the World Health Organisation recommends should be an average person’s daily limit in just one pint…

Hidden levels of sugar in alcohol revealedShe also expressed concern about the wider effects of alcoholic drinks on health, partly because they tend to contain high calorie levels. “The average quantity of alcohol consumed per person in the UK remains far higher than 50 years ago,” her report stated. “Excess alcohol consumption is associated with cardiovascular disease, cancers of the digestive organs, breast cancer, and suicide.” An analysis of sugar levels in cider, sherry and spirits found that some drinks contained as many as five teaspoons of sugar in a single serving. By contrast wines and beer contained significantly smaller quantities. Campaigners and nutritionists said the study showed how alcohol contained “hidden” sugars which could contribute to a series of health problems. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist and science director of Action on Sugar, a campaign group, said: “The amount of sugar in some of these alcoholic drinks is really quite astonishing.

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Cut sugar intake to 5 teaspoons a day, scientists urge

Published on December 18, 2013,

The Telegraph is reporting Newcastle University scientists who are warning that sugar intake should be halved to just five teaspoons a day after treats which have traditionally been saved for birthdays or Christmas have become everyday staples. Although this is essentially about dental hygiene and decay, it appears yet another adverse consequence of rising sugar consumption – especially hidden sugar consumption…

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…Since 1990 the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that intake of “free sugars” should be less than 10 per cent of total energy (calorie) intake.

Free sugars are sugars that are added to foods by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer; plus those naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.

Researchers recommend halving the threshold to less than 5 per cent of calories – around five teaspoons a day – would bring further benefits, minimising the risk of dental cavities throughout life.

They claim halving the 10 teaspoon level would allow people to ‘keep their teeth for life.’

Paula Moynihan, Professor of Nutrition and Oral Health at Newcastle University said: “Part of the problem is that sugary foods and drinks are now staples in many people’s diet in industrialised countries, whereas once they were an occasional treat for a birthday or Christmas. We need to reverse this trend.

“People now expect to keep their teeth into old age and given that the effects of sugars on our teeth are lifelong then limiting sugars to less than 5 per cent of the calories we eat would minimise the risk of dental caries throughout life.”

…Professor Moynihan added: “The public need better information on the health risks of sugary foods and drinks and there needs to be clearer information on the levels of sugars in our foods and drinks. We need to make it easier for people to make healthier choices when it comes to sugars by ensuring that options lower in added sugars are made widely available in schools, shops and the workplace.”

The study was published in the Journal of Dental Research.

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