18 Nov Americans Aware of Threat of Excessive Sugar Intake, But Aren’t Doing Much About It
MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Tracy Stickler, Editor in Chief
Ms. Stickler discusses a Healthline survey of over 3000 Americans, regarding “their knowledge of sugar and how it affects the body to gauge their relationship about their own sugar consumption and the effects it has on them”.
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Our company surveyed over 3,000 Americans from across the country about their sugar consumption habits and awareness about added sugar in food.
What we learned is that while many people are aware of the threat overconsumption of sugar is to their health, they aren’t doing much about it. Why not? They don’t know how and quite often they don’t know how much sugar is contained in certain foods they eat. We have an awareness issue. Two out of 3 respondents answered incorrectly to our questions related to which food item contained more sugar.
MedicalResearch.com: What should readers take away from your report?
Response: They will begin to understand that by simply being more conscious of sugar in foods, they can take effective incremental steps to reducing their overall sugar intake, which, over time will have tremendous benefits for their overall health, mood, energy and appearance. They will also realize that cutting back on sugar is more doable than they imagined and that eating less sugar can greatly reduce the risk of type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, among other diseases.
MedicalResearch.com: How will the BreakUpWithSugar campaign help consumers manage their food purchases and sugar intake?
Response: As the fastest growing health information site, we owe it our readers to give them the tools to improve their health. First, we want them to know that they are not alone and that eating less sugar is not easy. Secondly, we have practical guides on how to reduce sugar consumption and information on how to read food labels and calculate how much sugar is deemed too much by the American Heart Association. We use infographics and video to clearly illustrate how choosing the right types of foods can dramatically lower how much sugar we eat on a daily basis.
Response: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Response: We now know that overconsumption of sugar is making us sick. For years the sugar industry has paid-off lobbyists and researchers to turn a blind eye to the harmful effects of sugar. The truth is out and we implore everyone to take notice and take action.
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