This Diwali, opt for jaggery instead of sugar

  • Prachi Joshi
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2014 14:57 IST

With the festive season approaching, there’s no stopping the sugar rush.

It wouldn’t be an Indian celebration without mithai, laddoos and assorted sweets making an appearance.

Yet this sugar overload isn’t good for us. There are innumerable studies linking excess sugar consumption to several lifestyle diseases, including diabetes and obesity.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) came up with draft guidelines recommending that daily sugar intake be halved, from 10% of total calorie intake to 5%.

Indians, however, are consuming more sugar than ever before. At the 2012 FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) International Sugar Conference, it emerged that in the past 50 years sugar consumption in India had increased from 5% of global sugar production to 13%.

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