The hectic lifestyle in developed countries has fostered the emergence of an obesogenic environment that makes it difficult to follow a healthy diet.
In this context, Sugar consumption has exploded in recent years due to the high consumption of ultra-processed products.
The problem of excessive sugar consumption
Ultra-processed products are characterized by large amounts of sugar, salt and poor quality fats, components used by the industry to make their products more appetizing and addictive.
Frequent and high consumption of these nutrients maintained over time promotes the development and occurrence of cardiovascular and metabolic complications, such as diabetes or hypertension. For this reason, it is advisable to reduce your consumption as much as possible.
To achieve this goal, it is essential to consider two aspects when shopping. First of all, the simplest strategy to avoid consuming ultra-processed products is not to buy them, because just having them in the pantry increases the chances of consuming them.
The second key point is know how to identify products with added sugarbecause the food industry has developed a wide range of marketing strategies to attract our attention and influence the decision to buy this product.
The amount of salt or oil is easy to identify on the label if you look at the ingredient list. However, identifying whether or not a product contains added sugar is a bit trickier, as sugar can be hidden behind many names. That is why it is very important to know how to identify it when choosing the products that we take home.
Different types of sugar to consider
Before proceeding, it should be noted that In a product or food we can find different types of sugar: intrinsic sugar, free sugar and added sugar.
- Intrinsic sugar: it is the one that is naturally present in the food or product in question. Example: an orange.
- Free sugar: it is that sugar naturally present, but due to the processing that the food has undergone has been released from the uterus and is free. Example: orange juice.
- Added sugar: is sugar that has been deliberately added to the product with a sweetening or preservative function. Example: orange cookies.
The World Health Organization recommends reducing the consumption of the latter two due to their harmful effects on health. In this way, it is more advisable to eat foods with the least processing possible; for example, always choose the whole fruit rather than its pressed version (homemade or purchased). And of course, avoid overly processed products which usually contain large amounts of added sugar.
Reduce your sugar intake with Oorenji
As mentioned above, sugar can be hidden under different names: glucose, fructose, dextrose, concentrated fruit juice, corn syrup, sucrose, etc. Oorenji is an interactive application that will motivate you to change your habits with a small 3-day challenge in which you can deepen your knowledge of sugar, learn to identify it and reduce its consumption thanks to its recommendations.
In addition, it will help you plan your completely personalized weekly menu in a simple way, ensuring the nutritional balance and the recommended rations of each food.
You can download the app directly from Android and Apple official stores.