Sugar: How much is good for the body?

How much sugar should you consume every day? This is a question many people have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. While sugar is good for the body, it is also said to be associated with higher body weight and a cause of dental diseases.

According to Dr Edrin Jjuuko, of Lifelink Medical Centre in Ntinda, high consumption of sugar destroys blood vessels, leading to peripheral artery disease, a condition in which blood vessel blockage occurs in the arteries.

He says people who consume a lot of sugar also have a high risk of developing blood clots. “Normally, 3.5 to 7.5 millimoles of sugar are required in the blood stream. When the sugar level is above 7.5 millimoles, then a person is said to be diabetic,” Dr Jjuuko says. He adds: “Although there is no specific amount of sugar that a person is recommended to consume daily, caution is required.”
The World Health Organisation is currently drafting new guidelines on sugar intake for adults and children, as one of the ways to reduce the risk of non-communicable disease that develop from overconsumption of sugary foods.

Dr Jjuuko says foods such as vegetables, fruits, rice, irish and sweet potatoes and matooke are important sources of sugar that provide energy to the body. Also, sugar found naturally in fruits and vegetables are less likely to cause tooth decay than those found in processed foods and fruit juices.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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