As it's Sugar Awareness Week, here's the lowdown on sugar and how you can reduce your sugar intake for your health's sake ❤️
Eating too much sugar can cause you to gain weight and if you're overweight or obese, you're more likely to develop coronary heart disease, as well as leading to a myriad of other health complications. But most of us don't realise just how much sugar is in our diet. Many foods contain several different types of sugar naturally (such as fruit and vegetable), but if you're adding sugar to your diet as well, such as in your tea or coffee, you could be consuming a lot more than you think.
'Free sugars' are what you need to watch out for - this is what you might find in ready meals, cakes and sugary fizzy drinks (added by the manufacturers) as well as any sugar you might add when preparing your own food, and those that are found in honey, syrups and fruit juice.
You don't need to cut out sugar altogether - we recommend swapping to no added sugar alternatives where possible and have diet drinks instead of 'full fat'. Check the sugar content of your morning cereal, as you may be surprised to see just how much sugar is in your cornflakes. You can still allow yourself the odd treat now and again, but bear in mind that sweets, chocolate, cake and biscuits don't have much nutritional value, and so should be consumed in moderation.
How much sugar should I be having?
Free sugars should make up no more than 5 per cent of the energy (calories) you get from food. For adults, that should be about 30g a day.
Children should eat less free sugars than adults, according to their age.
|4 – 6 years||19g|
|7 – 10 years||24g|
|Adults and young people over 11||30g|
You can find out more about Sugar Awareness Week here.