“On average, every day we get from 1.5 to twice as much sugar than is good for us. Often, without knowing it, adding sugar to products, ”says the general manager of the Diabetes Foundation, Hanneke Dessing.
Half of adults in the Netherlands are overweight and therefore have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. In this type, the body no longer responds well to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Insulin is invisible and cannot do its job.
According to the Diabetes Foundation, more than 1 million people have this form of diabetes and thousands are added per week.
Contestants received a corresponding digital magazine. It contains recipes, shopping lists, tips, questionnaires and a lot of information about sugars in food.
According to the recommendations of the WHO World Health Organization, an adult woman can receive 50 grams of free sugars per day, an adult man – 60 grams. Free sugars are all sugars added by the manufacturer, and all sugars are made from honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrate.
Sugar cube is 4 grams of sugar. Thus, an adult woman is allowed to consume 12.5 free sugar cubes of sugar daily in accordance with the WHO recommendation. A person is allowed a little more, namely 15 cubes of sugar. This is due to the fact that people have more energy needs.
According to the Diabetes Foundation, the Dutch are far superior to this. “We eat about 20 sugar cubes of free sugars per day. This is 30 kilograms of free sugars per year. ”