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The Sugar Research Advisory Service (SRAS) aims to provide an evidence-based view on the role of carbohydrates, and particularly sugar, in nutrition and health.

The SRAS provides the latest scientific research and evidence based resources for health care professionals.

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The SRAS is funded through the Australian Sugar Industry Alliance (ASA) and New Zealand Sugar.

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All carbohydrates will be converted to glucose, which is the body's most efficient source of energy for organs and muscles.



Effect of low-fat vs low-carbohydrate diet on 12-month weight loss...

This study gained a lot of media attention and perhaps disappointed dedicated followers of both low-fat and low-carb diets by calling this particular race a draw. 

Intake of free sugars and micronutrient dilution in Australian adults

How much sugar is associated with lower nutrient intake in the Australian diet? In the last national diet survey lowest was not best.

The influence of adding spices to reduced sugar foods on overall liking

Eating less added sugar is recommended but reduced sugar foods don’t taste as good – could spices help?


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