Easy Ways to Eat Less Sugar
A TOUCH OF SWEETNESS
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Try a piece of fruit next time you feel peckish. It’ll satisfy a sweet tooth, make you feel fuller, and give you valuable vitamins, minerals and fibre instead of the nutritionally ’empty’ calories of snacks such as sweets, chocolates or biscuits.
Brown is better …. or is it?
In fact white and brown sugar are virtually the same from a nutritional point of view – they give you energy, but not much else. Even honey has only tiny amounts of other substances the body can use such as vitamins and enzymes – the rest is sugar and water.
Avoid it as much as you can by checking the labels of processed foods. Sucrose, dextrose, glucose, lactose, maltose and fructose all mean sugar.
If this sounds like your child, the problem could be too much sugar. Cut down on cakes, biscuits, sweets and sugary drinks, and see what happens.
EASY WAYS TO EAT LESS SUGAR
- Slowly reduce the amount of sugar you take with tea and coffee until you give it up altogether.
- Drink pure fruit or vegetable juices instead of sugared squashes or fizzy drinks, or dilute sweetened drinks with mineral water.
- Buy breakfast cereals with little or no added sugar and sweeten them with dried fruit rather than sugar.
- Use dried fruit in cakes and desserts. Their natural sweetness means you’ll need less sugar, or none at all.
- Serve fresh fruit rather than puddings after meals.
- Buy fruit tinned in pure fruit juice rather than sugar syrup.
- Go for low-sugar or sugar-free preserves instead of jam.