Avoiding the sugar trap

By Jennifer Bowden In Nutrition

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18th February, 2013
When it comes to food, there is one universal truth: we all have an inbuilt preference for sweet tastes. And it seemingly starts from birth, as newborns will happily drink more fluid when it’s sweetened with sugar. Young children certainly prefer intense sweet flavours; a recent study found their preferred sucrose concentration was 11 teaspoons of sugar in a 240ml glass of water – double the sugar level of a soft drink. Thankfully, as we age, our preference for sweetness declines; this probably explains why most adults don’t add 11 teaspoons of sugar to their cup of tea. That’s a ...

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