Today is the last day of February and for some people the last day of sugar free February. With our natural tendency towards sweet-toothed choices, it has been great to see so many users and visitors taking up the challenge and joining millions of others in trying out a sugar free February this year.
We’d love to know which of you took part, and if you did, how you feel now? Did you shed any pounds or kilos? Did you stick to the regime or give in to the sugary temptation half way through?
Most people giving up sugar this month have done so for health reasons, in particular to lose weight. Adults should be eating no more than 25 grams of sugars a day (roughly six teaspoons of the stuff). Most of us take in much more than this for most of our lives, which contributes not just to weight gain, and obesity but life changing conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Sugar is certainly a hot topic on HealthUnlocked. From weaning yourself off of sugar in your tea and coffee, to sugar free products and questions over whether sugar is linked to cancer, we see endless discussion and views on managing sugar intake.
The evidence is pretty clear that most of us should be cutting out some of our sugar. Ask yourself if you worked out your calories and sugar levels would it be higher than the five percent recommended from sugar by the World Health Organization? From treats in the office kitchen, the biscuit tin at home or even the fruit juice in your fridge, it’s easy to see why so many of us fall into the sweet trap. And as we head into March maybe we can take some of the things we learnt from sugar free February forward. It could make for a longer, healthier life.
The World Health Organization recommends that five percent of calorie intake should come from sugar. For an adult of a normal body mass index (BMI), that works out to about 6 teaspoons – or 25 grams – of sugar per day.