"On average, every day, we receive 1.5 to 2 times more sugar than good for us. It's often not known when adding sugars to products," says Hanneke Dessing, director general of the diabetes fund.
Half of the adults in the Netherlands are overweight and therefore have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes. In this way, the body no longer responds to insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. Insulin, as it were, is invisible and can not be done.
According to the Diabetes Fund, more than 1 million people use this form of diabetes and add a thousand to the week.
Participants in the challenge received the relevant digital magazine. It contains recipes, shopping lists, tips, questionnaires and a wealth of information about sugars in food.
According to the World Health Organization WHO recommendation, an adult woman can receive 50 grams of free sugar per day, an adult 60 grams. Free sugar is all the sugars added by the manufacturer and all sugars made from honey, syrup, fruit juice and fruit concentrate.
The sugar cube is equal to 4 grams of sugar. Therefore, an adult woman is allowed to consume 12.5 sugar cubes of free sugar every day, according to the WHO recommendation. Man is allowed a little more, namely 15 sugar cubes. This is because men have a higher energy consumption.
According to the diabetes fund, the Dutch are much higher. "We eat about 20 sugar cubes a day without sugar, which is 30 kilograms of free sugar a year."