Sugar consumption in Switzerland: twice the recommended level
Most of us enjoy eating sweet things. It's no surprise: all we consume in the first few months of our lives is sweet milk from our mothers – in effect, we're all born with a sweet tooth.
A look into the past also shows where mankind's preference comes from: sweet means readily available energy. For unknown foods, it was also a sign that they were not poisonous.
These days, sugar has a bad reputation when it comes to health. Whether sugar is unhealthy or not depends on the quantity. Enjoying one small sweet thing every day is completely fine. But too much sugar is unhealthy.
Reasons for reducing sugar consumption
On average, the Swiss consume more than twice the recommended amount of sugar every day. So for most of us, it would be sensible to reduce our daily sugar intake. A diet containing too much sugar can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
What's more, sugar doesn't keep you feeling full for long. On the contrary, foods high in sugar quickly lead to feeling hungry again – especially if they are eaten as snacks. This is because blood sugar levels rise quickly and then fall again just as quickly. The subsequent hunger pangs can lead to obesity.
In addition, sugar does not provide any vitamins or minerals or any other valuable nutrients for the body. Often, healthy foods such as fruit and vegetables, yoghurt or wholegrain products are ignored in favour of sweets.