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The Phantom Menace Keeping You From Your Dietary Goals

Did you know that Singaporeans consume an average of 12 teaspoons of added sugars per day, according to a study by the Health Promotion Board (HPB)? This exceeds the recommended limits set by health organizations, with the World Health Organization advising no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugars per day for adults. In recent years, the Health Promotion Board has significantly increased awareness surrounding sugar and its harmful effects. Given that many of us are now more conscious of keeping our sugar intake low, how are we as a population still consuming more than the recommended amount of sugar per day? In Singapore, our Asian diet is dominated by dishes which are rich in flavours. Often, sugar is added...

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Do you really know all about sugar?

It is widely known that consuming too much sugar can result in immediate effects of spiked blood sugar levels. This may give you an energy boost, but it also leads to higher blood pressure and heart rate, eventually leading to a 'sugar crash' when the effects wear off. This will in turn cause your brain to crave for that sugar fix, leading to a vicious cycle where your body builds tolerance to sugar and craves for more amounts each time.

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