Are we eating more sugar than we used to?
Although it varies from country to country, overall we are not eating more sugar. According to the statistics* of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the supply of sugar in the EU has remained stable over the last forty years.
Data on sugar consumption trends by country is not available in all countries, some data from 13 countries in the developed world shows the development in dietary intake of sugar from the latest national surveys of dietary intake and further complicated by definitions of dietary sugars being highly variable. Generally it was found that dietary sugar intake was either stable or decreasing, with increases seen only in certain subpopulations.
Although our overall consumption of sugar has remained relatively stable, our consumption pattern has changed. Industrially processed products currently account for the bulk of our sugar consumption, whereas we eat homemade jam, cakes and desserts less frequently.
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