"Überzuckerungstag": Starting Monday, fasting children – health and medicine

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According to Foodwatch, Monday is "Überzuckerungstag": purely arithmetically, German children used the recommended annual dose.

Berlin .. Already this Monday is for Children and adolescents in Germany "Überzuckerungstag": After a calculation of the Foodwatch consumer organization, they have so much sugar consumed, as experts recommend for a whole yearFoodwatch blames the industry for aggressively marketing sugary foods to children.

Foodwatch is also unhappy with the Federal Minister for Food Julia Klöckner (CDU). This must be used for advertising restrictions, so that only balanced products are marketed specifically for children. The calculations are based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and specialized organizations such as the German Society of Nutrition (DGE).

How Foodwatch calculates the "Überzuckerungstag"

According to a study, according to recent data dating from 2016, 16.3%, according to a study, reportedly reported at least 10% of daily energy intake in free sugar, according to Foodwatch. On the basis of this higher average, we can see that children and adolescents mathematically reach the recommended "sugar limit" for a full year on the 224th day instead of the 365th day – August 12th. For men, it would be September 20, for women, October 8.

Free sugars include sugars used by food manufacturers and consumers, as well as natural sugars in honey, syrups, fruit juice concentrates and fruit juices, according to one document. The DGE, the German Society of Obesity and the German Diabetes Society explain that high and frequent consumption of sugar is associated with obesity and increased risks such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and tooth decay.

Foodwatch review Klöckner

According to the study "Donald" (Dortmund Nutrition and Longitudinal Anthropometry designed) on eating behavior, the supply of free sugar for ages 3 to 18 has declined, according to the newspaper of the three companies. But she continues to lie well above ten percent. Foodwatch is also based on this study.

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Oliver Huizinga, a Foodwatch expert, criticized the fact that the vast majority of child-specific products with comic books and toy accessories were "excessively sweet". Minister Klöckner's approach to the food industry to voluntarily switch to sugar reduction
, is completely insufficient.

In the fight against obesity, and not just in children, the Cabinet has adopted a strategy regarding controversial agreements with manufacturers. Many finished products will gradually receive new formulations by 2025. According to initial commitments, for example, yogurts for children should be able to cope with at least ten percent less sugar. Klöckner also wants to ban the addition of sugar and sweeteners in teas for babies and toddlers.

The Federal Minister of Nutrition has recently been criticized because, according to critics, she was too attached to the food industry. The decisive factor was Klöckner's video on Nestlé: The guards check the allegation of reprimand.
(KUP / dpa)