Study shows sugar spike in food, drinks

Australians are consuming more sugar and sweeteners than 15 years ago. The increase comes as manufacturers are increasing volumes into food and beverages.

The amount of added sugar in packaged foods across the Asia Pacific region is said to have increased by 39 percent between 2007 and 2019. This is according to a study from Deakin University.

At the same time, the amount of fake drinks in soft drinks has increased by 47 percent. Researcher Cherie Russell said it was a cause for concern for people’s health.

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Many people may think that artificially processed foods and drinks are healthier than sugar-sweetened products. These additives increase weight, “It’s linked to poor health, including bowel changes and cancer,” Ms Russell said.

You can only find artificial sweeteners in highly processed foods. It is called ‘junk food’.

Soft drinks containing artificial sweeteners were not associated with a decrease in the amount of sugar they contained, according to the study.

Added sugar in soft drinks increased by 14 percent in the Asia Pacific region during the study period. It shows that companies are using more sugar and artificial sweeteners in their products.

Packaged foods are also said to have a 39 percent increase in sweeteners.

Ms Russell’s findings show that national dietary guidelines designed to reduce the amount of sugars in people’s diets are not working.

Globally, the amount of added sugars in packaged foods increased by nine percent during the study period. Soft drinks were down 12 percent, reflecting a sharp decline in the United States.

Globally, artificial drinks have increased by three percent in food and by 36 percent in soft drinks.

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