Your sugar

Yes, please

Won’t you come and put it down on me?

I’m right here, ’cause I need

Little love, a little sympathy

Yeah, you show me good loving

Make it alright

Need a little sweetness in my life

Your sugar

Yes, please

Won’t you come and put it down on me?

So sings Adam Levine, frontman of your Mum‘s favourite pop rock band, Maroon Five.

Sweet Jesus: The Average Aussie Sucks Down 14 Teaspoons Of Sugar Daily

La la la 

Fair chance he was talking about his lady friend, the impossibly beautiful Behati Prinsloo, but let’s for a moment pretend he was talking about the real thing.

Sugar.

The song would still make sense, because the white stuff’s known to be incredibly sweet and incredibly addictive. Us Australians have a real problem with it.

New data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics suggests we’re consuming more added sugars in our diets than ever before.

The average amount of ‘added or free’ sugars consumed is a whopping 60g a day, equivalent to 14 level teaspoons of white sugar.

Sweet Jesus: The Average Aussie Sucks Down 14 Teaspoons Of Sugar Daily

Teen boys between the ages of 14 – 18 are consuming the most, inhaling 22 teaspoons a day on average. 

They’re alarming statistics when you consider the WHO suggests we consumed a max of six teaspoons a day. Oopsie.

Sweet Jesus: The Average Aussie Sucks Down 14 Teaspoons Of Sugar Daily

Where is all this sugar coming from, you ask?

Fruit juices, soft drinks, energy and sports drinks were the biggest contributors to added sugars in our diets, making up 32%. They were trailed by confectionary, cakes and muffins, which account for 9% of sugar intake.

Sweet Jesus: The Average Aussie Sucks Down 14 Teaspoons Of Sugar Daily

Wow! Thatsa lot

This is again, all hard evidence that’s sure to increase the probability of a sugar tax – particularly when you consider poor diet is the biggest killer Down Under.

Source: News.com.au.

Photo: Flight Of The Conchords.