Sunday 18 February 2018

'Sugar is the new fat'

Sugar consumption is a consideration in energy drinks
Sugar consumption is a consideration in energy drinks

Sugar is the new fat when it comes to a dietary 'bad guy' and we should be cutting down for the sake of our health. Here are some tips on how to reduce sugar consumption:

• Instead of sugary fizzy drinks or sugary squash, go for water, lower-fat milks, or sugar-free, diet and no added sugar drinks. Remember that even unsweetened fruit juice is sugary, so limit the amount to a small glass a day.

• If you prefer fizzy drinks, try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water.

• If you take sugar in hot drinks or add sugar to your breakfast cereal, gradually reduce the amount until you can cut it out altogether.

• Rather than spreading jam, marmalade, syrup, treacle or honey on your toast, try a lower-fat spread, sliced banana or lower-fat cream cheese instead.

• Check nutrition labels to help you pick the foods with less added sugar, or go for the lower-sugar version.

• Try halving the sugar you use in your recipes - it works for most things except jam, meringues and ice cream.

• Choose tins of fruit in juice rather than syrup.

• Choose wholegrain breakfast cereals, but not those coated with sugar or honey.

• Limit fruit juice to a small (150ml) glass a day from juice, smoothies or both. Remember to keep it to mealtimes, as it can cause tooth decay.

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