Top Sources of Added Sugar
Added sugar, such as table sugar, honey and syrups, should not make up more than 5% of the total energy that we get from food and drink a day. Research has shown that people are consuming a lot more, this could be down to there being “hidden sugars”. If you would like to cut down on sugar then ensure you are checking food labels, comparing products, and choosing lower-sugar/ sugar-free versions. Here are some sources of sugar.
Bicuits, buns & cakes
Typically, as a nation we like to snack on foods regularly and especially on foods that are often high in sugar and fat, such as cakes, buns, pastries, and biscuits. Try to go for healthier versions, buy a cereal bar instead that is low in sugar, eating too much cakes and other varieties can lead to weight gain if eaten in excess and tooth decay. By not buying them, can also save you plenty of money.
Some people can be unaware of the calories and sugar that is in alcohol and do not take them into account when counting daily calories. A standard glass of wine can contain as many calories as a piece of chocolate. To cut down try: having a few alcohol-free days a week, try lower alcohol drinks, have a smaller bottle of beer instead of a can, swap every other drink for water.
Some dairy products such as eggs, cheese, and yoghurt can form part of a healthy diet. However some dairy products such as ice cream, flavoured milks and other foods can be high in sugar. Fruit yoghurts can contains sugar, so try low-fat natural yoghurts with fresh fruit instead.
Quite a lot of savoury foods tend to be high in fat, but also they can contain added sugar. Stir in sauces, ketchup, salad cream, sweet chilli sauce, ready meals, marinades, chutney, and crisps can call be high in sugar. To cut down you can, use less of these sauces or make your own instead of buying processed food. Cooking from scratch is always better for your health as you know what is going into the food you are eating.