Introduction India is known for its sweets and desserts. Generally the Indian desserts are sweeter than the desserts of other parts of the world. Indian sweets are often associated with celebrations and festivals. One can find an array of sweets and desserts during feasts. People take free sugar daily in routine in the form of many cups of tea, cold drinks, lassi, sweets etc. without thinking twice about its possible consequences. The world Health organization had earlier recommended that not more than 10% of total calorie requirement should come from free sugar but according to revised draft guidelines it has now been curtailed to 5% only.
Indian sweets and dessertsIndian sweets recipes were developed much before the invention of refrigerator etc. Since sugar is an natural preservative, it was used lavishly for storing the food for longer periods in the tropical climate of India. Some of the common Indian sweets and desserts which contain excessive amount of sugar is given below to get a feel of sugar intake of Indian people.
Side effects of eating too much sweets Let us see what happens when one eats too much sugar. The following is a depressing list -
ConclusionThus we can say that having a sweet tooth is not a matter of showmanship or pride. We should resolve to rationalize our sweets and desserts intake. The children should not be rewarded with chocolates and other sweets as a routine. Only by controlling our sugar intake in excessive quantities, we can teach our children to not to fall prey to this sugary trap.
Intake of excess sugar through packaged food like bakery items (doughnuts, pastries, pies, cakes, cookies, sugary candies) and home made oil rich sweets, consumption of excess soft drinks and energy drinks etc will affect our health seriously. The recommendation of American Heart association regarding intake of sugar is a maximum of 09 teaspoons for male and for females 6 teaspoons. Taking fruits as a whole regularly in diet provide the required amount of natural sugars to our body without leading to any side affects.
Go through this link to have little more information about side affects of sugars:-