It may not be the sweetest thing you’ve heard today, but there is a warning about excess sugar

According to a Spanish nutritional website, CursosdeNutricion.es, Spain is beginning to see how excessive sugar consumption is causing serious medical concerns.

The World Health Organization recommends a maximum consumption of 10% of the total daily caloric intake, while recent studies suggest the actual consumption is considerably higher. “The training in dietetics and nutrition is paramount in this regard,” says a Cursosdenutricion.es

Generally, consumers do not know that in a tablespoon of ketchup there are about 4 grams of sugar. In Spain, the total caloric intake from sugar is about 17%, a figure well above the 10% maximum recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

However, “people usually have no real idea of the sugar they consume”, a point that nutritional training can resolve. In Spain, the consumption of sugar is around 75 grams per day, again far exceeding the recommended maximum of 50.

This data puts Spain at the top of the list of consumers of sugar in the European Union, which shows that Hungary and Norway consume least. “It is important that our professionals in the field of nutrition,” explained from the training portal, “educate both professionals and citizens to combat these insane numbers.”

Excessive consumption of ‘sweets’ in general, according to the WHO, is associated with the onset of diseases such as obesity or diabetes. In this context, and following the above comparison, Spain recorded, according to the latest report by the world body in 2016, more than 32,000 deaths related to diabetes or hyperglycemia, while Norway did not reach 3,000 in the same time period.

“We must continue working so that the message of proper nutrition reaches both adults and children,” they say from the training portal. “On our platform you can find about a hundred specific training in areas such as childhood obesity or sports nutrition centres specialised in the sector.”

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