You are here: HomeWallOpinionsArticles2015 11 13Article 393800

Opinions of Friday, 13 November 2015

Columnist: Alhaji Alhasan Abdulai

FDB must enforce 50gms of sugar a day for our own sake

The world over, there is a scientifically proven recommended quantum of sugar intake for each person. In some parts of the world including some developed and developing nations including Africa the rules are not given serious attention. Perhaps that is why currently a lot of people are suffering from obesity and related diseases like diabetes and hypertension.

The following research information would show us the quantity of sugar contained in some food and drinks and how to avoid taking more than necessary. The Food and Drugs Authority of Ghana is definitely aware of the limit of sugar intake of all people, it is required to enforce the rule.

Whether you Love it or hate it, you certainly can't ignore sugar intake daily or periodically. That is for majority of people.

In order to guide people on sugar intake, The Food and Drugs Authority of the United States of America has just announced that Americans should be consuming no more than 50 grams of added sugar a day.

Since "50 grams" isn't exactly easy to picture, we decided to show you what that looks like (based on data from the nutrition website Caloriecount.com):

A single can of soda
If you're a fan of soda, you may want to consider kicking your habit. A 12-ounce can of Coke contains 39 grams of sugar — four-fifths of the FDA's recommended limit, while the new "cold activated" 16-ounce can has a whopping 52 grams. You might consider drinking diet soda instead, although some studies suggest diet drinks may be not be healthy either in the long run.

One fancy coffee drink
Many of us nurse a Starbucks habit, but you may be surprised to realize just how unhealthy this can be. For example, one grande Caramel Frappuccino with whipped cream contains 52 grams of sugar — and that's all you're supposed to have all day!

Not only that, but one of these drinks contains 430 calories and 16 grams of fat — about a quarter of the recommended daily limit (and half of your daily saturated fat). The "light" frappuccino fares slightly better, with 29 grams of sugar and 140 calories.

Five bowls of sweet cereal
Remember those cereal commercials where they say, "part of a balanced breakfast" and they show it with a slice of whole wheat toast and a glass of orange juice? Well, the emphasis is on part.

One serving of frosted flakes has 10.3 grams of sugar (almost as much as a glazed donut!) or a fifth of your daily added sugar allowance, a balanced breakfast indeed.

Four spoonfuls of jam
Millions of American children lunch on peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches every day. But the all-American lunch food is actually pretty sugary. One tablespoon of Smuckers Concord grape jelly contains 12 grams of sugar.

Two spoons at breakfast and two at lunch will almost get you to the 50-gram limit of sugar. Add to that some JIF peanut butter (3 grams per serving) and white bread (1.1 grams/slice), and your child has gone beyond a healthy sugar dose.

Two yogurts
Yogurt is one of the stealthiest places for sugar to hide. Those Yoplait yogurts your mom packed in your school lunches? Those contain about 26 grams of sugar each, which is half of your daily allowance. One yogurt contains 4.9 grams of protein, which isn't that much considering that experts say you should get about 80 grams of protein per day.

Better to stick with a plain, Greek yogurt like Chobani, which contains 14.5 grams of protein and just 4 grams of sugar.

Less than a bottle of Gatorade
That refreshing sports drink you enjoy after your workout may not be as healthy as you think.

One large (32-oz.) Gatorade contains a whopping 54.4 grams of sugar, which puts you over the recommended limit in one fell swoop. Even the "normal" 20-oz. bottles contains 34 grams of sugar, so you might be getting back a pretty sizeable chunk of the calories you just burned off.

To rehydrate after a workout, you're better off drinking water, coconut water (which is high in potassium, an important electrolyte), or even making your own post-workout drink.

A half-pint of ice cream
Just half of one of those cute little cartons maxes you out on your sugar budget for the day! Just half a carton of Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough flavor has 52 grams of sugar.

Plus, it contains all of the saturated fat content the FDA says you should eat in a day. You might want to scoop out a smaller portion.

Four donuts
Okay, we all know donuts are bad for us, but just how bad are they? Well, a typical glazed Dunkin' donut has 12 grams of sugar, so you'd have to eat more than four to hit your 50-gram sugar limit.

While that might seem reasonable, keep in mind that other pastries back far more sugar: A single Krispy Kreme iced custard donut, for example, has 19 grams. Sugary foods like donuts also cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash, making them a poor choice for breakfast.

Executive Director
EANFOWORLD FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
P.O.BOX 17070AN
233244370345/23327483710/ 233208844791
abdulai.alhasan@gmail.com /eanfoworld@yahoo.com