Which 10 Countries Consume the Most Sugar?

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These 10 countries consume amounts of sugar significantly above the WHO recommendation.

Some people in the “honeymoon stage” of a relationship might call a significant other "sugar," “sugar pie,” “as sweet as sugar,” or even… shudder… “sugar bear.” What they don’t realize they’re inadvertently implying is that too much of their loved one might make them gain weight, accumulate tooth cavities, and increase risks for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

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There are various facts about both the benefits and “evils” of sugar floating around the Internet, some contradicting each other, but there’s one mantra consumers can get behind: everything in moderation.

The World Health Organization revised its guidelines for sugar consumption in March, recommending that adults and children limit their free sugar intake to less than 10 percent of their total daily energy intake. The change in that data is that the WHO now advises people that limiting consumption to five percent of total daily energy intake would provide even more health benefits.  By “free sugars,” the organization means sugars added to foods and drinks by the consumer, cook, or manufacturer. Examples are monosaccharides (such as glucose and fructose) and disaccharides (like sucrose and table sugar). The natural sugars in honey, fruit juices, fruit juice concentrates, and syrups are also included under the “free sugars” umbrella.

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.

#10 Canada

Canada

The average Canadian consumes 89.1 grams of sugar per day.

Coming in at number 10, the average Canadian consumes 89.1 grams of sugar a day, according to the Washington Post and Euromonitor. Popular chain Tim Hortons iced caps could contribute to the total, as well as classic (and delicious-looking) pastries called Beaver Tails.

#9 Finland

Finland

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In Finland, the average daily sugar intake is 91.5 grams per person.

Finland ranks slightly higher on the list than Canada, with the average person consuming 91.5 grams of sugar daily. With tasty options like omenalörtsy, pastries filled with stewed apples, on the table, it wouldn’t be too difficult to over-eat in the sugar department.

 

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