Did you know? Every year, Action on Sugar arranges the Sugar Awareness Week to help raise awareness of the effect of too much sugar in our diets. This year, Sugar Awareness Week is taking place 20—26 January to celebrate the successes of improvements made to the food industry, raise awareness with the general public and to look at ways to reduce sugar and calorie consumption in the future.
Is your sugar consumption particularly high, or is it something you’ve thought about changing? We’ve put together a short list of ways to fairly easily reduce sugar in your diet using information from the NHS. But of course, make sure you speak to a doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet.
Know the names
Sugar won’t necessarily just be labelled as such on ingredients labels. Look out for the following words:
- Fruit juice
- Hydrolysed starch
- Corn syrup
Use the labels
In the UK, some packaging now uses a colour-coded system to make it easier to detect those foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat. You want to look for the packaging with more greens and ambers, and avoid those with reds!
If you normally have a bowl of sugary cereal, why not swap it for a plain cereal? This could cut as much as 70g of sugar out of your diet per week. If you can’t bear to eat porridge without anything sweet, try chopping up banana or some apricots.
Do you like to reach for a sugary snack during the day? We all get tempted. But there are small changes you can make that will have a big impact. When shopping, look for the lower sugar options. If you’re not ready to give up snacks all together, start out by just having fewer. If you normally have two biscuits, just have one. Healthier snacks include fruit, nuts, oatcakes and popcorn.