It is the dietary villain of our time, a bittersweet ingredient lurking in our food. We have always known that too much sugar is bad for us, but the sweet stuff has been usually the preserve of soft drinks and chocolates. Not anymore. The amount of hidden sugar in our foods has grown to the point, where the average Australian is consuming between 30 and 40 teaspoons of sugar every day. What’s more startling is that many of the foods marketed as healthy are in fact chock-full of sugar. This Sunday 60 Minutes takes you inside the food laboratories where big food companies are spending millions of dollars searching for the “bliss point” in their food – the perfect ratio of sugar to get you hooked on just about anything.
Reporter: Leila McKinnon
Producer: Garry McNab