But donít overdo it

June 2010

Here are some scary figures. In 1700, the average person consumed about 2kg of sugar per year. In 2009, more than 50 per cent of all Americans consume around 225g of sugar a day: that’s 81kg of sugar a year. And it’s not the sugar you see — it’s the hidden sugar in everything from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola. Now, we’re not eating as much sugar as Americans — yet. But we do tend to catch up, don’t we? And the question is this: is it sugar and not fat that is the real culprit in our 21st century diseases, from diabetes to heart disease to obesity. It’s beginning to look that way. How do you avoid the hidden sugar? Easy. Don’t eat industrial food. That way, you can enjoy one of Leanne’s cakes when you feel like it.

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