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Australians still eating too much sugar, research shows

Researchers were not surprised to find that teenagers and pre-teens were consuming sugar-rich foods.
Researchers were not surprised to find that teenagers and pre-teens were consuming sugar-rich foods. Lee Constable

MORE than half of Australians are exceeding the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recommended daily intake of added sugars, new research shows.

The alarm-raising research by Sydney University, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found especially bad habits in children and adolescents, with 76 per cent of teenagers exceeding the guidelines for daily sugar intake.

The research indicated that in the past 20 years, there was little to no change in the eating habits of Australians and in their consumption of sugar, despite the higher level of awareness around portion control and warnings about sugar-enriched foods.

Sydney University's Professor of Public Health Nutrition, Timothy Gill, said their research was the first time they had been able to calculate fairly accurately the amount of sugar being consumed by the Australian population.

"And it was quite alarming," he said.

ABC

Topics:  diet lifestyle sugar teen


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