The severe accusations against sugar are justified because we all overeat it, although too much sugar consumption leads to obesity and many serious illnesses.
Every year, an individual in the country consumes an average of 34 kilograms of household sugar in the form of glucose, fructose, sucrose (household sugar), and many other sugar compounds that, at first glance, might not seem like sugar, such as malt extract or corn syrup. Added to other sugary sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, and the like, every German consumes more than 40 kilograms of sugar per year. That’s over 100 grams of sugar a day, although it is recommended that one should take a maximum sugar intake of 50 grams.
The multiple offers of downright sugar bombs, some of which are not always easily recognizable for us consumers, make moderate sugar consumption extremely difficult for many people. For example, soda pop contains more than 40 grams of sugar per 0.5 liters, and energy drinks and some ready-to-drink smoothies contain twice as much sugar! Sugar is not spared in most ready-made products because it enhances the taste, which is lost with every processing step of fresh food. Without sugar, we consumers would classify frozen pizza, ready-made pasta dishes, or many a ready-made cereal and fruit yogurt as quite tasteless and boring. Or did you know that it is not uncommon for a 200 g cup of fruit yogurt to contain eight pieces of sugar cubes?
Science agrees that too much sugar in our food and drinks leads to obesity and damages our metabolism, cardiovascular system, blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys.
Only recently, scientists at the University of Würzburg proved how high sugar consumption promotes dangerous inflammatory reactions in the body. Autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel diseases, diabetes, or chronic thyroid disorders can result because excess sugar and other carbohydrates can cause fundamental malfunctions of our immune system. Pathogenic properties of specific immune cells are favored in this way so that the body’s tissue and particular organs are mistakenly attacked and thrown off their healthy track. Conversely, a calorie-reduced diet can, in turn, benefit related immune diseases and compensate for the numerous secondary diseases of excessive sugar consumption if these have not already taken a chronic course.
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