Put Down the Haribo: Sugar's Affecting More Than Just Our Waistlines

Elinor Block
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We don't need to tell you that sugar is bad for your health. Not only does it make us put on weight, it can also increase the likelihood of anxiety and addiction. Other studies have shown that when women consume a lot of sugar when pregnant, it might be linked to their child's allergies.

The World Health Organisation recommends that "adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars [this means any sugar added to foods by the manufacturer or us, plus the sugars that are naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices] to less than 10% of their total energy intake," and 25 grams per day is enough for healthy benefits. However, in 2014, the BBC reported the National Diet and Nutrition Survey revealed that adults consume over twice the recommended daily allowance. Clearly we all need to be cutting back.

But a recent look at how sugar affects moods has thrown sugar addiction in an even worse light: It could even bring on depression. Keep scrolling to read more about this study and what it means for our health, plus how to tackle sugar addiction.

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Need more? Five healthy hacks to limit your sugar intake.

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