Some experts believe that sugar rather than fat in our diets is helping us to become one of the most obese nations in the world, which in the future could lead to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Too much sugar also causes tooth decay which is on the rise in children in England and the need for tooth extractions is now the number one reason why 5-9 year olds are admitted to hospital.
By following the government’s guidelines to cut down to no more than 7 added teaspoons of added sugar in our daily diets, Hayley and Karin have set out to discover easy ways to cut down our sugar consumption and curb our sugar cravings while still being able to have the occasional guilt-free sweet treat.
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Here are our latest blog posts about our Sugar Challenge.
We all love a sweet treat now and then, so here are some ideas and recipes to help you enjoy that occasional treat with a little less guilt. The easiest way to reduce sugars in cakes is by using less icing, buttercream and sweet fillings as they are usually sugar...read more
Read this article from The Guardian and discover how the food industry is adding more and more sugar to our foods, feeding our sugar cravings, and how one laboratory is trying to change things......read more
Top Sugar Tips to Keep Kids Healthy 30% of sugar in kids' diets comes from sugary drinks such as fizzy drinks, fruit juice, squashes, cordials, energy drinks and juice drinks. Experts say that sugary drinks have no place in a child's daily diet and they should only be...read more
So what are 'free' sugars? Free sugars are any sugars added to food or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices. So look out for ingredients ending in 'ose', such as glucose, sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose and lactose, which are...read more
We're all having too much 'free' or added sugar in our diets. Our kids might seem fine on the outside, but too much sugar can lead to the build up of harmful fat on the inside that we can't see. In the UK we consume an average of 15 teaspoons of sugar per day. That's...read more