source ABC News (AU) title Health experts are warning Australians to stay away from the latest sugar-sweetened beverages article The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the new sugary drink craze is not only damaging to the health of Australian families, but also to the planet.
The UN body has said it’s “highly doubtful” the products contain enough calories to be sustainable and recommended they be phased out.
But despite the WHO warning, some manufacturers have continued to make products with added sugar.
Here are the facts.
What is sugar?
Sugar is a naturally occurring compound found in some fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
The word “sugar” is used to describe a sweetener.
It is used in the manufacture of sugar-free soft drinks, confectionery, chocolate, and beverages containing sweeteners such as sucrose or xylitol.
The World Economic Forum says that between 2010 and 2016, the consumption of sugar products increased by 2.6 million tons, while the consumption from non-sugar beverages rose by 3.3 million tons.
What are the health risks?
The most widely consumed sugar products are sugary drinks.
They include Coca-Cola (KO), Diet Coke (KO) and Mountain Dew (KO).
These products contain up to 50 per cent sugar.
The WHO says the added sugars in these products can contribute to a range of health conditions, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
How do you know if a sugar drink is sugar-rich?
You can’t tell if a beverage is sugar rich by looking at the colour or taste of the sugar.
It will be much more common for a beverage to have a clear “salty” taste when compared to a more normal sugar taste.
So how do you tell if you’re eating too much sugar?
To get an accurate reading of your sugar intake, try these easy tricks: Eat a little less.
This can mean reducing your intake of sugary foods.
It also means avoiding sugary beverages, which are more likely to contain added sugars.
A study by the Australian Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed that a cup of fruit juice contains up to 5 per cent more sugar than a can of regular fruit juice.
And in Australia, sugary soft drinks are more popular than other beverages.