Nutrition: Many parents underestimate sugar levels in food

High sugar intake endangers health
Too much sugar makes you fat and sick - this has been proven in numerous studies. For example, it has long been known that high sugar intake can lead to overweight or obesity, dental diseases or diabetes, among other things. The World Health Organization( WHO) recommends a maximum of 50 grams of free sugar a day. On average, the Germans absorb almost twice the amount. This also has to do with the hidden sugar in food.

Many people over-eat sugar, also because they are unaware of how much of the sweetener is hidden in finished foods. This has dramatic health effects.(Image: Sebastian Studio / fotolia.com)

Hidden sugar in ready-to-eat foods
Health experts repeatedly advocate lower sugar intake. Many German citizens assume that they are withhold the sweetener anyway.

A Forsa study by the AOK Baden-Württemberg showed that two-thirds of people in this country believe that they consume no more than 50 grams of sugar a day, according to an audio contribution.

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31 percent even said it was even less. In reality, the Germans eat but 90 grams daily.

The problem is often the hidden sugar in finished foods. Many are unaware of how much of it is contained in each of the different products.

Potential risk factor for the development of obesity
As the health insurance AOK reported in a release, 92 percent of parents underestimate the sugar content in a commercial 250-gram fruit yoghurt.

On average, they expect only four instead of the actual eleven sugar cubes in such a yogurt cup. This misjudgment is noticeable in the health of the children.

Because the more the parents underestimate the sugar content, the higher the body measurement index( BMI) of the children. This is the result of a recent scientific study by the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in cooperation with the University of Mannheim.

"As significant finding in the context of the effort to reduce sugar", sees Prof. Dr. med. Ralph Hertwig, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, the fact "that parents tend to underestimate the sugar in various foods often".

Prof. Dr. med. Jutta Mata, a health psychologist at the University of Mannheim, emphasized "that parents have a significant influence on the food choices of their children and therefore frequent over-estimation of sugar is a potential risk factor for overweighting children".

More and more fat children
overweight in children has increased greatly in recent years.18 percent of eleven to 17-year-olds are overweight or even obese.

The chairman of the board of the AOK-Bundesverband, Martin Litsch, demands from politics and food industry significantly more efforts to the effective sugar reduction:

"We simply need more transparency over hidden sugar. In order to make appropriate nutritional choices, parents need to be able to estimate how much sugar is in food and drink. But the food industry has been resisting patronizing food labeling for years. "

Meanwhile, they continue to process unnecessary sugar in the products and advertise nationwide with targeted child marketing.

AOK Launches Sugar Reduction Campaign
The AOK launches a national sugar reduction campaign under the slogan "Sweet was Yesterday": "We are well ahead of the European Sugar Ranking and this can be a huge problem if we do not take countermeasures."

The health insurance is not alone with this opinion, stressed lychee, therefore they will call together with other partners an alliance for the sugar reduction in the life, in order to come after the example of Great Britain finally to binding agreements and effective measures.

Also Dr. Dietrich Garlichs, Managing Director of the German Diabetes Association, who also wants to get involved in the Action Alliance, sees sugar consumption in Germany as critical:

"The policy of the policy to appeal to individuals, to eat healthily and avoid overweight, has remained ineffective."says the expert.

"Our environment has changed too much: fast food and snacks are available around the clock on every corner. The industry spends a hundred times more advertising money on confectionery than on fruit and vegetables. "

And:" For information and education, not even one percent of confectionery advertising is available. But while we readily accept seat belt and helmets on the road, we still find it difficult to set up security rules for common diseases such as obesity and diabetes. "
AOK board member LITSCH sees the food manufacturers as having a major role to play in politics, The recently submitted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture draft of a "National Strategy for the reduction of sugar, fats and salt in finished products" he is skeptical:

"It is gratifying that our nutrition minister with a national strategy now finally unhealthy food fightwants to announce. But just before the end of the legislature, this announcement comes late and remains essentially unbinding. "

One can not rely on voluntary commitments of the food industry.

"We have recently discovered this at the EU level. Here, the commitment of the food companies to voluntarily renounce child marketing measures, completely ineffective. Therefore, it would be negligent to ignore this experience in the national strategy and again rely only on trust. "(Ad)

sugar content in foods is often underestimated
Many children consume too much sugar. The problem is that there is hidden sugar in many food products. A majority of parents underestimate how much of the sweetener really is in food. This has an impact on the health of their offspring.

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