The sugar scandal

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth”- Maya Angelou

Hey everyone!

I know it’s been a long time, but I’ve been too busy sunning myself I’m afraid! For those of you in England, I hope you’ve all been enjoying this amazing weather. Makes a change eh? I almost wished it was raining whilst I was abroad, as it would have meant that I wasn’t missing anything! I hope you’ve all had a great week though.

I know this is a rather somber thought to start on for my first post back, but I was reading a Waitrose kitchen magazine and couldn’t help but get a little bit angry with the advertisements in there.

Have any of you seen an advert like this before?

Have any of you seen this advert before and thought ‘0% fat, seriously? Sounds great’ ?

Well I have, plenty of times. Up until half a year ago I was influenced that 0% fat, half fat, or low fat, was the way to go. Never have I been so wrong.

Researching this topic has proven much more difficult than I originally thought. Companies such as Yeo Valley, Onken and Rachel’s have been very clever, as they have different flavours in the full fat and reduced fat categories. You therefore can’t compare them explicitly.

However, let’s take Yeo Valley’s full-fat blueberry and elderflower, and their 0% fat blueberry and blackcurrant yoghurt. Per 100g the full-fat has 107 calories, 12.9g sugar, and 3.8g fat. The 0% fat has 84 calories, 14.6g sugar, and 0g fat. Looking at this straight away the 0% fat option looks better right? Wrong.

Sugar is a major problem when it comes to your health due to its addicting properties. Not only does it lead to obesity, but it can also cause skin damage, mood swings, sleep disruption and can even make you feel more tired. Fat, salt, and carbohydrates are now considered not to be the big issue lurking in our kitchen cupboards. It’s the teaspoon of sugar we put in a cup of tea, the flavoured water we have for dinner, or the cereals we consume without looking at the nutrition label. Even white rice and bread contain a lot of sugar, so Brits are in fact consuming over 200 teaspoons of sugar a week without even realising.

Low fat products are loaded with sugar to improve their taste, and so shouldn’t be in your fridge or cupboards at home. Although a 1.7g difference doesn’t seem like much, it seriously is.

So next time you go to the shops, make sure you pick the full fat options. Yes they may be more calorific, but calories aren’t the things you should be looking out for. There is such thing as good calories remember. Some low fat products may have sweeteners in, which are even worse than sugar because they are un-natural chemicals. Sweeteners are thought to cause cancer, and so can be a great threat to your health.

I hope for some of you this has served as a little bit of a wake up call. It’s so unfair that products like the ones above are advertised as “healthy” and as “waist slimmers”, when in actual fact they’re much worse than the alternatives. So let’s jump off this sugar bandwagon and start getting healthier!

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