The danes are world champions in the candy: - A boring record

A new research project by DTU's fødevareinstitut and dental and health care in Hvidovre Municipality to the next three years to combat slikkulturen in Danish f

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
16 September 2019 Monday 15:00
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The danes are world champions in the candy: - A boring record

A new research project by DTU's fødevareinstitut and dental and health care in Hvidovre Municipality to the next three years to combat slikkulturen in Danish families. Out of 100 countries in the world are Denmark, the country that buys the most candy per. capita.

- It is a dull record, believe Anja Biltoft-Jensen, Senior researcher at dtu at DTU and one of the forces behind the project.

Are you too sweet? is a three-year research project, whose goal is to create healthier hyggevaner in families with children in the 0.-3. class.

the Project seeks to develop rules of thumb for how many sweets there is room in a healthy diet as well as some practices and tools to follow the tommelfingerreglerne.

In the first place be tested in the indicative rules of thumb, and materials in 100 families with children in Hvidovre Municipality. If the results turns out to be good, is the ambition to make the project nationally.

the Project should clarify what the effect of reducing the amount of sweets in the diet is. Factors such as the child's food intake, health behaviour, and kropsmålinger as well as the families ' knowledge, motivation and readiness for change is measured in the project.

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According to Anja Biltoft-Jensen is especially Danish children are really fond of sweets. They eat up to five times as much candy, as there is room in a healthy diet. And it has consequences for human health.

- The high intake, especially children, at risk of going out of their health both in the short and in the long term, says Anja Biltoft-Jensen.

In the short term is the consequence, that the sweet treats are taking the place of the healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals.

- this means that The children may not get enough nutrients. Especially for children, who will need to develop and grow, it is inappropriate, she says.

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It is especially children who have a high slikforbrug. Photo: Lasse Kofod

- In a study from the University of Copenhagen has you measured the amount of insulin and the fat triglyceride, which are risk markers for diabetes, in the blood of a group of Danish children between 8-11 years, before and after a normal weekend. The amount of risikomarkørerne increases by up to 35 percent, says Anja Biltoft-Jensen.

the Researchers suspect that the rise is due to unhealthy eating habits, mixed with kids moving less and less sleep over the weekend.

In the longer term can slikforbruget increase the risk of obesity.

- If you develop excess weight and retain it through life, can the predominance later lead to the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, says seniorforskeren.

- A healthy diet prevents the long-term development of lifestyle diseases. We cannot exercise ourselves out of the problem.

Anja Biltoft-Jensen believes that the slikforbruget hangs together with the danes ' penchant for coziness.

- Sweet is pretty much the embodiment of Danish hygge. It is almost required that you eat unhealthy, when one should enjoy themselves. You can almost talk about peer pressure. If a colleague has baked a good cake, then it is not said 'no'. Fredagsslik is a concept in itself. And we would like to challenge, says Anja Biltoft-Jensen.

- We need to get away from, that eating sweet things is fun in itself.

Anja Biltoft-Jensen stresses that the research project is not about to remove sweets completely from the diet.

- the Intake just need to be more balanced than it is today, says seniorforskeren.

Even if the project is successful in reducing the børnefamiliernes consumption by 25 percent, they eat still almost four times as much sugar, as they should.

- There is not a project that can stand alone, recognizing Anja Biltoft-Jensen.

- But you have to start somewhere.

Updated: 16.09.2019 15:00
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