It is true that my peers and I have been warning people for decades about the perils of consuming too much of the sweet stuff. Nevertheless, a single nutrient approach that blames one particular food or ingredient for all our health ailments is far too simplistic and loses sight of the bigger picture. Worryingly, an excessive focus of restricting one ingredient may lead to people cutting out highly nutritious foods like fruit from their diet.
With regards to sugar, the evidence highlights a paradox. On average, Australians consume 10.9 per cent of their total energy from sugar, only marginally higher than the World Health Organisation’s guideline of less than 10 per cent. Yet Australia is in the midst of an obesity and type 2 diabetes crisis, despite the fact that collectively, we are consuming less sugar than ever before. It is clear that issues of obesity and type 2 diabetes are multifactorial.