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How Many Sugar Cubes Do You Eat in Your Favourite Food?

Food & Drink | World | March 2, 2016
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Do you have a bowl of cereal and a good splash of  orange juice for breakfast and still have a great feeling about how well you are looking after your nutrition? Be warned, not everything 'healthy' is necessarily good for us :) 

UK guidelines recommend that 'added' sugars — those used to sweeten food, drinks, honey, syrups and fruit juices — shouldn’t make up more than 10% of the total energy we get from food. This is around 50g of sugar a day, equivalent to ten cubes of sugar for adults and older children, and nine for five to ten-year-olds. 

Americans eat an average of 32 cubes of total sugars a day (including natural sugars). The global average is 14 sugar cubes but Czechs go way past that line with almost 18 cubes of total sugar a day. The lowest sugar-eaters are Indians with just one daily sugar cube.

We've used regular sugar cubes (4 grams of sugar each) to give you an idea about both the obvious and the hidden sweets in your favourite foods. We aren't differentiating between  types of sugar - i.e, sucrose, corn syrup, honey, fructose, cane sugar etc. Some are better, some worse and of course there is a differences in how these are metabolized. 

Note that a reduction in fat does not necessarily mean a major reduction in calories – which  people on diet should especially keep in mind.