“You’re not taking the thing seriously,” says my colleague Michael, and indicates the vinegar pickle that accompanies the Raclette, which I me to have lunch on the Winterthur Christmas market treat. “Which is inserted determined with the use of sugar.” He’s right. Stupid, because for the past eight days, I’m on my self-experiment: I want to live the four weeks before Christmas, without sugar. However, my entire abstinence of energy has gone so far for it to fulfill the daily Job-family-child-requirement spectrum without chocolate assistance. What’s inside in my Lunchtime, I have observed so far.

However, from now on, I’m studying the ingredients lists in the supermarket, and if I buy something in Take-away, I ask: “Is there sugar in it?” Subsequently, line managers are looking for called in folder, rummaged out, recipes. And almost always the answer is Yes. Whether salad, Sushi, soup or a Sandwich – almost everything you buy at so-called Convenience Food in the supermarket or Take-away, contains sugar, and not too tight.


About 130 grams, so 32 teaspoons of sugar, consume the Swiss daily per head. Much too much. The world health organization WHO recommends, to cover only five to ten percent of our energy needs in the Form of free, so added sugar. This means that a maximum of 50 grams, ideal would be 25 grams – about six teaspoons. The high consumption is, among other things, responsible for type-2 Diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Chronic diseases like these are the cause of about 80 percent of the cost of the health care system.

was there a long time, the grape sugar is the Bad Boy in the sugar business. Because he is a high blood sugar level in type-2 Diabetes, responsible and included half and half in sugar. With the absence of sugar, so I do my health some Good. Natural Sweet, such as raisins, honey and juices, I take the liberty, however, in small quantities. Because it is not contained Yes, a large part of natural fruit sugar that is so bad. I thought, at least until that day when I with Philipp Gerber was on the phone. He is a senior physician at the clinic for endocrinology, diabetology and Clinical nutrition at the University hospital Zurich. Gerber says: “with regard to health, is the fruit of sugar is even more harmful than the pure grape-sugar.”

Diabetes fruit sugar

Because now we know that the excessive consumption of fructose leads to Diabetes. This is especially true if the fruit sugar as a syrup, fruit juice concentrate or powder is used for sweetening. A study showed with 300’000 people already in 2010 that the daily consumption of only one to two fruit-sugar sweetened beverages, the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes by 25 percent increased.

From the body fruit is converted to sugar other than glucose. From blood it passes directly to the liver where it is converted to fat. And the altered metabolism in the liver in a way that also favours the development of Diabetes. And: “Our research has shown that high fructose consumption leads to an increase of small cholesterol particles in the blood that can cause cardiovascular diseases,” says nutritional medicine Gerber.

advertising is not targeted to children

to Me is hot and cold, because I, myself, try, possibly, the wrong way my, but because I’ve also given my little son, so far, quite unabashedly biscuits, rice cakes and Snacks “with a natural fruit sweetness” or “Sweet only from fruits”. But not only products that are sweetened with fruit sugar, are explicitly advertised for children. Also the colorful characters on the packaging of fruits quarks, drinks, yoghurts and Breakfast cereals, contain mostly tidy household sugar, to arouse children’s curiosity. I can feel it then, when even my Two and a half starts at age accurately on these products, they often even go unnoticed from freezers and shelves in the shopping basket is smuggling.

Powerful Lobby

And what must I then unload also, secretly, has it all: five spoons of muesli and ten spoons of yogurt is in the average of a pure sugar. The determined of the Federal food safety and veterinary office (fsvo) in 2016 and found: This is too much. Since 2015, various manufacturers, such as Nestlé, Emmi, Migros and Coop have committed to a voluntary reduction by 2017, three to five percent less sugar in yoghurts and muesli. Effectively, per 100 grams of means, however, only a meager reduction of 0.3 grams for the yogurt and 0.9 grams for cereals. 2018, the producers were planning, once again, so much reduce. If you have done that actually, it is not yet clear.

But even if: “they are much too small, much too slow steps,” says Josianne Walpen, from the Foundation of consumer protection. It complains that the BLV that it’ll stay against the powerful Lobby of the food industry is too passive. The fsvo considers, however, that a too quick reduction of the consumers would not be accepted. Nevertheless, the voluntary Walpen commitment for consumer activist: “thanks to her, the industry can give the impression that you do something about the sugar problem, without having to really change.”

The TV presenter Andrea ball Shoe (45) lives almost completely sugar, although the shopping can be complicated. Why you need to feel good, she says in the Interview.


The balance read more moves

I do so and try and reduce the sugar by my consumer behavior. Shortly before Christmas, I’m in Stress, that I have neither the time nor the inclination to constantly ask questions and read all this. So I also, during my attempt to really live completely without sugar, for me, each meal freshly prepared, without having to buy something Ready – I can’t get. Nevertheless, the scale shows me that I have removed after 28 days, almost three pounds. And One day I realize that I no longer need the chocolate assistance in the evening, I don’t think about snacking Sweets. You can unlearn so something. Without a lot of Drama, even if you don’t take the whole thing seriously, I think to myself. And take the thoughts into the new year.

The world health organization (WHO) recommends that the intake of added sugar to a maximum of 10 percent of the daily energy intake limit. With a consumption of 2000 kcal 50 g of sugar. The average Swiss takes per day, 110 g of sugar. The equivalent of 19 percent of the total energy intake is twice as much as recommended. Someone eats a Cup (180 g with an average of 17 g of sugar) yogurt with a Serving of Breakfast cereals, it takes more than half the WHO recommended amount of sugar. The term “added sugars” refers to sucrose, fructose, glucose, Starch hydrolysates and other isolated sugar preparations. Also honey and maple syrup count as added sugar.

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