Sometimes it can be a grind cutting down on all that sugar. Check out our top tips.
We are born with an innate liking for sweet foods, which is a good thing from an evolutionary perspective! - It allowed our ancestors to identify readily available sources of energy during times when food was scarce, therefore enabling the survival of our species. These days though, sugar is not only present in everyday foods like fruit and dairy which make up part of our balanced diet, it is also added to almost anything and everything you might find in the supermarket aisle making it incredibly easy to obtain, sometimes without even realizing it!
As mentioned, the sugars in our diet come from a number of sources, and include those naturally present in foods such as vegetables, fruit, cereals and milk, as well as those added to food and beverages during manufacture. ‘Free’ or ‘Added’ sugars are commonly found in manufactured foods and beverages, and also include the simple sugars used in cooking or in the home, those naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended we reduce our daily intake of these free and added sugars from our current 20- 30 teaspoons, to less than 12 teaspoons (or 50g) per day (adults) in order to reduce our risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and improve dental health (1).
Here at Healtheries we have put together some of our top tips and tricks to help reduce your intake of Free and Added sugars:
The Healtheries Baking Bits range consists of the '99% Sugar-Free Dark Chocolate Baking Bits' - intensely cocoa in flavour, and the deliciously creamy 'No Added Sugar Milk Chocolate Baking Bits' with 90% less sugar than regular milk chocolate. Both products are perfect for helping you transition from the types of foods that are typically high in added sugars. Create lower sugar baked products & desserts, or add to a trail nut mix, and don’t forget to try some of the above tips and tricks to help you on your journey to successfully reducing sugar intake. References 1. World Health Organisation (WHO), Guideline: Sugars intake for adults and children. Geneva: World Health Organisation; 2015. http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/guidelines/sugars_intake/en/