An Irish TV documentary first broadcast in 2016 on the RTE channel, Dr. Eva Orsmond investigates Ireland’s consumption of sugar and looks at the latest research into the health problems caused by excessive consumption of foods and drinks which are high in sugar. To illustrate her point she invites the Kilkenny family to look into their sugar consumption, they are shocked to discover just how much sugar they actually consume in their diet.
In recent years the Western World has begun to wake up to the dangerously high levels of sugar in food products and consumers are becoming more conscious of sugar levels in the products they buy, it is surprising just how much sugar even savory foods contain. In Ireland the average person consumes 24 teaspoons of sugar per day, making the country the 4th highest consumer of sugar per capita on the planet, the World Health Organisation recommends that people consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Health problems which can be directly linked to sugar consumption are at record levels, and for the first time children born today in Ireland will have a lower life expectancy than their parents due to the decline in the nations diet.