You may be aware of the recent “sugar bashing” in the media on popular news shows such as A Current Affair and Today Tonight. What's important to remember here is that our brain and central nervous system needs sugar (glucose) to function properly, without it, we would die.
I don't like to put negative connotations on foods as we all need to develop a healthy relationship with food. Not all sugar is bad for us, eating whole-grain breads, cereals, rice, pasta, couscous, quinoa fresh fruit and vegetables provide our bodies with the glucose it needs.
As a nation, we need to cut down or eliminate the “processed” foods that are generally high in sugar but, also high in saturated fat. These foods include; cakes, biscuits, pastries, sausage rolls, pies, crisps, soft drinks, ice-cream, chocolate, and confectionary.
The Dietary Guidelines for Australians recommend a diet that limits the consumption of food and drink that contains “added sugar” and to choose more wholesome foods that have been minimally modified or processed.
Having said this food is there to be enjoyed, make sure you eat everything in “moderation” and include a wide variety of nutritious foods from all 5 core food groups everyday. Keep those “extra” foods to once a week or once a fortnight :)
For more advice on how to cut down on “added sugars” seek the professional advice of an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). You can find one by logging onto www.daa.asn.au
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