We are all aware that too much sugar is bad for us… and it’s not just our waistlines we should worry about! Research has shown sugar increases our risk of chronic diseases including diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and cancer.
Sugars are found naturally in foods such as fruits and vegetables, wholegrains or as lactose in milk. However, the main concern is around added sugars usually in the form of sucrose (table sugar), syrups and high-fructose corn syrup. It is estimated that a third of added sugar consumption comes from sugar sweetened drinks! Apart from the foods we know that contain added sugar such as biscuits, cakes and chocolate, be aware of sugar in everyday foods, such as ketchup, salad dressings, cereals and bread. So many food and drink items contain hidden refined sugars.
Sugar in food labels
When looking for sugar levels in a food product always check the label. Sugar content should be below 15g per 100g (and ideally lower). The traffic light system used on products in the UK will only give you the figure for total sugars. To understand the types of sugars in the product you will need to look at the ingredients. Foods like syrup, invert syrup, cane sugar or anything ending in ‘ose’ is a sugar.
Today is World Cancer Day – 4th February 2020 and we are supporting Cancer Research UK by signing up for Sugar-Free February – will you do the same?
One month. No added sugar. For Cancer Research UK.
Resist those sweet treats and fizzy drinks, conquer those cravings by taking on Sugar Free February to fund raise for Cancer Research UK. We recommend giving up foods and drinks containing added sugar, but it’s your challenge so you can give up as much as you like. Please see the link here to support Cancer Research UK.
At The Terrace we have displayed a number of grocery items with the sugar contained measured in sugar cubes – food for thought indeed!
If you want some advice in reducing the amount of sugar in your diet then please contact our Registered Nutritionist , Claire Kimber, who will be able to support you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org