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How much sugar you really consume daily and its harmful effects

How much sugar you really consume daily and its harmful effects How much sugar you really consume daily and its harmful effects (Freepik)

People can carefully monitor their diet and try to control the amount of sugar they consume. However, sugar can be found in unexpected products that everyone consumes daily in large quantities, according to nutritionist Vira Kuryn.

According to the expert, people may not even realize how much sugar they consume in a day.


Despite the inclusion of sausages, for example, in the school menu, it is not possible to talk about the benefits of these products, especially for a child's body.

In addition to the high-fat content, transgenic soy, and sodium glutamate included in sausages, there is a large amount of sugar, on average, 20 teaspoons per kilogram of product.


Packaged juices not only contain a large amount of artificial colors and preservatives but also sugar (200 ml/5 teaspoons). Instead of packaged juice, it is better to eat whole fruit, getting not only vitamins and micronutrients but also fiber.

Energy drinks

In addition to large doses of sugar (200 ml/6 teaspoons), energy drinks also contain a lot of other harmful substances. Excessive caffeine intake from energy drinks can lead to hyperstimulation of the digestive tract, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Caffeine can also be a cause of reflux, gastritis, and esophagitis.


Many people consider this category of products to be dietary. Cornflakes soaked in drinking yogurt are not the best breakfast. Such a breakfast can not only meet the daily sugar intake (200 grams/4 teaspoons) but also be harmful to the entire hormonal system due to a sharp insulin spike.

"Eight whole teaspoons in a half-liter yogurt bottle is a very high indicator for healthy and dietary nutrition," says the dietitian.

The consequences of excessive sugar consumption

There are several common diseases that are incredibly widespread today:

  1. Heart diseases: Those who consume an excessive amount of sugar that exceeds the norm are more prone to cardiovascular diseases.
  2. Obesity: Excess weight is a result of regular consumption of simple carbohydrates.
  3. High blood pressure.

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