So much sugar in food

Must read

Jeff Horseman
Jeff Horseman
Jeff Horseman got into journalism because he liked to write and stunk at math. He grew up in Vermont and he honed his interviewing skills as a supermarket cashier by asking Bernie Sanders “Paper or plastic?” After graduating from Syracuse University in 1999, Jeff began his journalistic odyssey at The Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York, where he impressed then-U.S. Senate candidate Hillary Clinton so much she called him “John” at the end of an interview. From there, he went to Annapolis, Maryland, where he covered city, county and state government at The Capital newspaper. Today, Jeff writes about anything and everything. Along the way, Jeff has covered wildfires, a tropical storm, 9/11 and the Dec. 2 terror attack in San Bernardino. If you have a question or story idea about politics or the inner workings of government, please let Jeff know. He’ll do his best to answer, even if it involves a little math.

Healthy Diet
So much sugar in food

The delicious black forest cherry cake is one of the sugar bombs

© Andrea Warnecke / Picture Alliance

Sugar is an integral part of our diet. However, excessive consumption can pose a risk to our health. Our graphic shows how much sugar is really in some foods.

In a 2015 directive, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily intake of no more than 25 grams of table sugar – the equivalent of around eight cubes of sugar. Many foods come very close to this amount or even exceed it significantly. This is shown in the Statista chart based on data from the German Diabetes Aid. For example, the consumption of a piece of Black Forest cherry cake is enough to barely exceed the recommended daily intake.

The same applies mathematically to two foam kisses or three apples. Fruit gums or milk chocolate should only be enjoyed in small quantities, as they contain particularly much sugar. Fruit should not be dispensed with, however, because in general, fresh and natural foods are preferable to industrially produced ones: they contain valuable components such as fiber, secondary plant substances, vitamins and minerals.

Healthy eating: so much sugar in food

In Germany, the per capita consumption of sugar in 2017/18 was around 34.6 kilograms-this corresponds to a daily amount of around 95 grams. As an additive in many foods or beverages, sugar is used as a popular flavor enhancer in the food industry. Many consumers therefore cover a large part of their sugar needs “unconsciously”. Obesity and diabetes are common health risks associated with excessive sugar consumption. However, an increase in sugar consumption can also be observed in other countries.

tis / Statista

Latest article

More articles