Beware of Sugar!

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Diabetes has become a very serious health problem across the globe. The WHO predicts that in the next 15-20 years, the number of diabetics will rise to almost double the adult population in developing countries. Type 2 Diabetes now affects as many children, as young as eight years old.

Many people consume more sugar than they realize. You need to be aware of how much sugar you consume and unfortunately it is available in all processed food. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a daily added sugar limit of 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women.

Check the ingredients in the Nutrition Label. According to WHO, any product that has less than 5g per 100g is considered low in sugar and anything more than 15g per 100 g is considered high in sugar and not healthy to consume.

Let us take an example how these big companies can lead you into believing their products are healthier than they actually are. Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bar is a classic example. When we see the outer box and see it is made of whole grains, and it has oats and honey we assume that it is healthy. Now look at the Nutrition Facts. 42 g of the bar has 12 g of sugar (30g sugar per 100g of food) which is way above the maximum amount recommended by WHO!



Next, take a look at the ingredients – Sugar is the second one. Sugar has many other names. Besides those ending in “ose,” such as maltose or sucrose or glucose, other names for sugar include high fructose, corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey or fruit juice concentrates. 



As for preventive actions that can be taken to help minimize the risk of Type 2 Diabetes:
1. Enrich your knowledge about a healthy lifestyle routine and preventive measures.
2. Follow a balanced diet. Reduce the consumption of high calorie, high sugar and fatty foods and increase the consumption of dietary fiber.
3. Increase your exercise and physical activity levels.


  • Rohit Singla April 19, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Nice topic and absolutely true fact everyone should be aware of .. especially in flavored yogurts which parents think healthy option for kids. My wife is very fuzzy to check labels to check per 100 g sugar levels.

    • Jayashree April 19, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Hey Rohit! Thank you for your comment! Great to hear your wife is careful about this. Many people seem to be unaware of how unhealthy a lot of the “breakfast food” such as cereals can be. I plan on writing an article on this soon. Stay tuned!
      ~ J


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