The Chief of the Centre for Dental Education and Research (CDER) at AIIMS, Dr O P Kharbanda, says that the addiction to sugar has been compared to tobacco addiction, and hence a matter of worry.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a diet with less than 50 grams (equivalent to around 12 teaspoons) of added sugar a day. In fact, consumption of 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day is optimum for our health.
Added sugars are glucose, fructose and sucrose (table sugar) and sugars that are added to foods and drinks by manufacturers. It is also the sugars found in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates. Consumption of too much added sugar can cause weight gain and increase the likelihood of tooth decay.
According to a new WHO report, taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.