Global diet is getting sweeter and unhealthy with every passing day, warns a new study. People are including more amount of sweeteners in their food and they are consuming more amount of sweetened beverages that is leading to unhealthy future. If we go by the previous studies then added calories in food triggers risk of weight gain, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. After taking these above risks into account, the current study has warned people of unhealthy future that is waiting for us if food habits are not changed or controlled now.
Lead study author Barry M Popkin from the University of North Carolina who conducted the study in US has found that 68 percent of packaged food and beverages in the country contains caloric sweeteners, 74 percent of the food contains both caloric and low-calorie sweeteners while only 5 percent of the packaged food contains low-calorie sweeteners. North America, Latin America, Australia and Western Europe are the regions with the highest consumption of added sugar either in food or beverages while the consumption sweetened dishes is increasing at a very high rate in developing countries.
Since, major health issues diabetes and obesity are associated with caloric sweetener, WHO (World Health Organisation) has started creating awareness among people and has taken the initiative to reduce consumption. It is a global issue, but Indians boasts the highest risk since India is the largest consumer of sugar and second largest producer of sugar after Brazil, figures from Indian Sugar Trade Industry (2013) reveals.
According to researchers, Indians consume traditional sweets regularly, drink sweetened beverages, and use sugar in food which collectively makes India the largest consumer of sugar. Thus, the risk of diseases associated with sugar consumption is also highest for Indians. Researchers have warned that if eating habits are not controlled now then it might have devastating effect on our future generation. The rate of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases will increase exponentially and nothing will be left to recover from.
The study appeared in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.