Sugar has become a real problem in our modern diet. The average person consumes around 140 teaspoons a week of the sweet stuff. And it isn't just about how much we spoon into our tea, so much of our sugar consumption is hidden in the foods we buy from cereals to ready meals. Here are some top tips to help you easily curb your sugar intake without too much hassle.
Banish sugar from breakfast
Sugary breakfasts kick off a sugar high, leaving us craving it all day. Remove the sugar bowl, honey and syrup from the breakfast table to stop temptation. Many cereals are also packed with hidden sugars. Switch to low sugar varieties such as porridge or Shredded Wheat. Add fresh fruit to add some flavour and vitamins. Another option is to try a high protein shake for breakfast to keep you energised all day. Check out these Proplant Complete recipes to give you inspiration for low sugar, energy packed breakfasts harnessing the power of plant protein!
Kick the fizzy drinks into touch
Fizzy drinks are rammed full with sugar. A single can of coke has a whopping 13 cubes of sugar in it! You could switch to Diet versions but they are just packed with artificial sweeteners which aren't great for you either. So try and ditch them all and switch to water flavoured with fresh fruit. Infruition water bottles are a great way to infuse your water with flavour.
Switch to low sugar varieties
Husband wouldn't be able to live without sweets and it is good to have a bit of what you enjoy once in a while. If possible try and go for low sugar versions of your favourite treats such as the new 30% less sugar range from Rowntrees.
Read the labels
You can find out a lot of information from the labels on your food packaging. Lots have a traffic light system so keep an eye out for anything red. If it isn't clearly marked on the fornt turn to the back and look at the carbohydrates (of which sugars) information:
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