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How to cut back on sugar

Guides — Posted 12/02/15

Replace those sweet treats with more energy, better sleep and a slimmer waistline. Here’s how to make it easier.

Like all things, sugar should be consumed in moderation – but unfortunately, ‘moderation’ for sugar is a lot less than most of us would like.

Experts suggest 90 g of sugars (both naturally occurring and added) is a reasonable daily intake for adults. To put that in context, a 56g Mars Bar contains 30.6 g of sugar, around 34% of the recommended daily total. Add that to a piece of fruit, maybe a bowl of cereal, that muesli bar you snacked on, and you might already be close to the limit.    

Reducing your sugar intake has some nice benefits, from weight loss, to more energy, to better sleep. But it can be difficult to cut back when you’ve got a sweet tooth. Research shows that sugar can be addictive – possibly just as addictive as drugs.

The good news is, the less sugar you eat the less you’ll come to crave it. And it’s not about depriving yourself, but rather finding healthier swaps to keep you feeling satisfied and nourished.

Ready to take on the challenge? Here are some of our resources to help you:

• 8 benefits of cutting back on sugar. Clearer skin, more energy, slimmer waistline… there are plenty of health benefits to curbing your sweet tooth. Here are a few to start with.

• Expert advice: Finding the balance with sugar. Chinese medicine practitioner Dr Katie Molloy explains why we should limit our sugar intake – and how to do it.

• 5 sources of sugar in your diet. Sugar is sneaky – it’s not just in cupcakes and chocolate. Here are the top places you’ll find the white stuff. 

• Natural alternatives to sugar. Cutting back on sugar doesn’t mean losing sweetness altogether. Try some of these natural sweeteners instead.

• 7 things sweeter than sugar. Looking for an afternoon pick-me-up? Brighten up your life with these satisfying sweet treats instead.

• 6 soft drink alternatives. You won’t even miss your Coke with these fun and fruity low-sugar beverages. Promise.

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