as a hot debate at the moment in the food world, sugar is one of the main components in diabetes, obesity and kidney failure. We need to take into account the amount of sugar which is sold at the tuck shop in relation to the daily recommended intake.
There are subgroups within sugars which make up refined sugars, Monosaccharides, Disaccharides and polyols. These makeup refined sugars such as glucose, fructose, galactose, sucrose, lactose, trehalose, sorbitol and mannitol.
Recommended daily intake for youths:
There are not set limit for teenagers or children when it comes to sugar intake. There will still be consequences but there has not been any studies regarding what is a healthy amount. Because of this we will base our knowledge off the recommended daily intake of sugar for adults. An adult woman should have 6tsp of sugar per day. Every four grams is a teaspoon. For a school made up of primarily girls (the students) we will focus on the 6tsp a day aspect of sugar consumption.
An example of a drink the tuck shop sells is keri orange juice. This orange juice contains 9.8g of sugar. This is two and a bit teaspoons of sugar. This is almost half of your daily intake in one drink.
This small bottle will only make the student feel full for so long. This will cause them to spend more money on more sugar.
CONSEQUENCES OF SUGAR:
The number one consequence of overconsumption of sugar is weight gain. This can lead to obesity and diabetes. These are closely linked to an early death. Type 2 diabetes is a type of diabetes which is not gained through genetics so if an individual has this type of diabetes it must be from their diet which they are following. Studies have shown that teens who consume more than the recommended daily intake have higher LDL cholesterol levels and lower levels of HDL cholesterol. Having a high amount of HDL cholesterol is vital as it is a good type of cholesterol which balances out the LDL (bad cholesterol.) This danger to the youths cholesterol levels may cause a risk of heart disease later in life.
DIFFERENT SOURCES OF SUGAR:
processed sugars and naturally occurring sugars do not coexist in the idea of recommended daily intake. Processed sugars have little to no nutritional value whereas the natural sugars have nutritional value based on the fibre which is in the fruit.