It is Diabetes Awareness Week. As we saw in our book Appetite for Destruction, diabetes is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing diseases (one in 4 Kiwis are at risk) that has many nasty side effects.
Poor diet is the major driver of the increase in Type II diabetes. One of the major issues we found in our book Appetite for Destruction is the amount of sugar, fat and salt that has crept into manufactured fake food.
The average Kiwi eats around 29 teaspoons of sugar each day. The World Health Organisation recommendation is 6 teaspoons a day.
In this video Diabetes Clinical Nurse from Capital & Coast DHB Tessa Clarke shows how easy it is to gobble that much sugar in a day without adding any to your meals – just by eating manufactured fake food.