Added sugar is on the increase hidden in all our foods that we eat. Most of us do not realise how much sugar we are consuming in a day. In the UK, the guidelines are no more than 25g of added sugar. This is the equivalent to just 6 teaspoons a day! There are 4 grams of sugar to each teaspoon. Do you add sugar to your hot drinks? If so if you have 6 cups of tea or coffee a day and take one level teaspoon of sugar in each cup you have had all your added sugar intake for the day without even looking at the products, you use.
Watching labels is crucial to keeping your intake low and the recommendations are as follows per 100g:
Low sugar- Less than 5g
High sugar- 22g or above
The most obvious foods and drinks high is sugar are cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks, fruit and vegetable juices, energy drinks, jam, honey, syrup, treacle, squash and alcohol. We are unaware of what is hidden in every day products we buy.
Examples of products that may be in your cupboards to be aware of are as follows:
- Special K branded cereal has 15g of sugar per 100g with each 30g bowl containing 1 teaspoon of sugar, not even mentioning their range with berries and yogurt, that is way more than we should be consuming.
- Tomato ketchup has around 18g per 100g so always opt for the reduced sugar versions.
- Heinz Baked beans swop for no added sugar
- Low fat products- fat replaced with sugar for texture, taste and prolong shelf life
- Tinned soups
- Readymade sauces- Sweet and sour home pride containing 20.3g!!
The manufacturers are very clever with their branding on the front of packaging. They are made out to be healthy and good for you. It is the small print that makes a massive difference to your overall health, don’t be misled.
CHECK YOUR LABELS IN YOUR CUPBOARDS NOW
Sugar can be one of the reasons making us FAT because if we consume more than our body can use for energy it will be stored as fat for long term storage.