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Thursday, August 31, 2017

While most customers like to indulge their sweet tooth when they dine out, sugar consumption is on the rise,1 and public health authorities and governments are pressuring people and the industry to consume less.

It’s on every table, and seemingly everybody’s mind. From a spoonful in coffee to baked goods, desserts, and even some condiments,sugar is an important ingredient or addition to many recipes. However, while most customers like to indulge their sweet tooth when they dine out, sugar consumption is on the rise,1 and public health authorities and governments are pressuring people and the industry to consume less.

Controlling Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization has recommended limits on the amount of sugar people consume, 2 and multiple governmentsaround the world have enacted new regulations or taxes to helpreduce added sugar consumption.3

Finding a balance

Today, the foddservice industry is facing a challenge. Is it possible to meet the new health guidelines, follow government regulations, and deliver enough to keep your customers satisfied?

Equipping yourself to succeed

This issue is designed to help you learn more about sugar–where it’s found in food and beverages, how it affects people’s health, and what you can do to reduce sugar in your recipes. You can use this information to help educate your staff and your customers about these concerns, new guidelines, and the positive steps you’re taking in your own kitchens and cafés.
 

The High Costs of Excess Sugar
 

The costs of obesity—in terms of both human health and money spent on medical care—are too big to ignore. 


1.9 Billion Overweight

  • The number of overweight or obese people around the world has reached epidemic proportions, more than doubling since 1980. In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight, and 600 million of them were classified as obese.
  • Excess energy consumption (calories) from excess free sugars has been identified as one of the contributors  to being overweight or obese, particularly in relation to  sugar-sweetened beverages.

Rising medical cost

  • Annual health care costs of obesity-related illness in the US: $190.2 billion.5
  • Annual cost of treating each patient with diabetes in Mexico: > 12,600 pesos (708 USD).6
  • By 2025, it is estimated that Asia will see the greatest increase in number of people with diabetes.7
  • Obesity in the UK costs the National Health Service £5 billion every year, with additional indirect social costs estimated at 22£ billion8

Worldwide regulations

With increasing sugar consumption and its associated health risks, at least 49 governments around the world are developing or implementing some regulations on sugar, including soda taxes, advertising restrictions, and labelling guidelines.3
 
 
Sources:

1. Popkin & Hawkes, 2016
2. WHO 2015 Sugar Guidelines
3. WCRF, Curbing Global Sugar Consumption
4. WHO, Obesity and Overweight
5. NLC, Economic Costs of Obesity
6. CNNMéxico, 2013
7. WHO, Diabetes Action Now
8. Stevens, 2014