Sugars – are you consuming too much!

Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay.

Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars. Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices.

Try to cut down on foods which add sugar in production

  • sugary fizzy drinks
  • alcoholic drinks
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • cakes
  • biscuits
  • pastries

Check the food labels to see how much sugar foods contain. As a simple guide – more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g means that the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means that the food is low in sugar. Replace these foods with unprocessed sources of sugar such as fruit.

Here are some simple goals that you can add into each week:

  • Limit packaged or processed foods
  • Cut down on spreads such as ketchup, jam etc
  • Avoid sugary soft drinks and sweetened fruit juices

Avoid sweets and chocolate