Slideshow: Which 10 Countries Consume the Most Sugar?
Which 10 Countries Consume the Most Sugar?
According to the Washington Post and Euromonitor, a market research firm, the 10 countries that consume the most sugar worldwide on a daily basis are ingesting well above the WHO’s recommended amount. The organization suggests consuming no more than 25 grams of free sugars per day in order for a person of normal weight to reap the maximum health benefits, but in the number one offending country, the average person consumes about 126.4 grams daily. The rest of the top 10 follow relatively close behind. Check out the list to see if your country is included in the sugar hall of shame.
Australia comes in at number five on the sugar shame list. Australians ingest 95.6 grams per person on average daily. Nutella is a vice that’s hard to shake (there was a shortage in the country last summer), and judging by the country’s incredible Nutella creations, they might not want to change their habits.
#3 The Netherlands
In The Netherlands, sugar intake per person is more than four times the recommended amount. At an average of 102.5 grams of sugar per person daily, the nation consumes more sugar than all but two other countries in the world. Vlaaien are tasty pies or tarts with different fillings that come in many variations. These treats probably contribute some to the country’s sugar intake, as they’re usually topped with powdered sugar, fruit, nuts, or whipped cream.
Number two on the list is Germany, where each citizen consumes an average of 102.9 grams of sugar each day. One sugary treat that could add to the sugar consumption of some is Bavarian chocolate cake, which comes from Bavaria in southern Germany. It’s made with light rum, semisweet chocolate, sugar, and vanilla extract.