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We should eat 10 cubes of sugar a day - See how much more we actually consume
23 March, 2015
Do you have any idea how much sugar you're eating? It's probably a lot more than you think, the Daily Mail reports.
As this shocking graphic reveals, millions of us are unwittingly eating everyday foods packed with sugar - and getting fatter in the process.

While some culprits, such as Coca-Cola and ice cream are well known (and used here for comparison purposes), there are many other less obvious foods - such as pasta sauce, soup and so-called healthy granola -
that are loaded with the white stuff.

For example, a 500g jar of Dolmio bolognaise sauce contains more than six cubes of sugar - the same as a Mars bar.

And Heinz tomato soup is on par with Bulmer's cider in the sweetness stakes, with five cubes.

Even a ‘healthy' fruit such as a mango contains nine cubes. However the sugars in milk, vegetables and pieces of fruit (as opposed to fruit juice), including dried fruit, do not wreak as much havoc.

So if you’re getting most of your sugar from these sources, you can eat up to 18 cubes daily.

More and more evidence suggests that too much sugar is contributing to the obesity and diabetes epidemic.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends no more than 10 per cent of a person's daily energy should come from free sugars - those that are added to processed foods and drinks, but also those found naturally in honey, syrups and fruit juices.

That equates to around 50g or 10 cubes a day - easily reached with a bottle of fizzy drink.

However, the UN agency advises that people aim for no more than five per cent - 25g or around six teaspoons - to achieve the biggest health benefits.

Yet many of us are consuming way in excess of this.

A report published by the The World Health Organization earlier this month revealed the current average intake of free sugars in North and Central America is 95g a day (19 cubes) rising to 130g (26 cubes) a day in South America.

Meanwhile in Western Europe the average is 101g (20 cubes), the Daily Mail reports.

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