How to eat less sugar

Action on Sugar's Nutritionist Kawther Hashem provides some tips on eating less sugar:

- Remove sugar (white and brown), syrup, honey, marmalades and molasses from the breakfast table — out of sight, out of mind!

- Cut back on the amount of sugar added to things you eat or drink regularly like cereal, pancake, coffee or tea.

Try cutting the usual amount of sugar you add by half and wean down from there.

- Instead of adding sugar to cereal or oatmeal, add fresh fruit (try bananas, cherries or strawberries) or dried fruit (raisins, unsweetened cranberries or apricots).

- Instead of having sweetened yoghurt, have organic plain yoghurt (Greek-style is great) and add fresh fruit or dried fruit.

- When baking cookies, brownies or cakes, cut the sugar in your recipe by one-third to one-half. Often you won’t notice the difference. (This is what I do in my recipes, you can taste as you go along to check the sweetness).

- Instead of adding sugar in recipes, use extracts such as almond, vanilla, orange or lemon.

- Enhance foods with spices instead of sugar; try ginger, allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg.

- Use sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon or lime instead of fizzy drinks.

- Use FoodSwitch UK an award-winning free smartphone app, to help you find food and drink products with less sugar.  


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