Minimise Sweet Treats
Sweets, cakes, biscuits and fizzy drinks can be delicious and many of us know they’re full of sugar, but how many of us know why sugar has such a bad reputation?
Most of us, that’s adults and children, in the UK eat too much sugar and we need to cut back. Evidence from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that most adults and children eat more sugar than is recommended as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Avoid ADDED Sugar
Sugars are added to a wide range of foods, such as sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolate, and most fizzy drinks / juice drinks. These are the sugary foods that we should cut down on.
WHY cut down on sugars?
WEIGHT GAIN – Many foods that contain added sugars are also high in energy. This energy is measured in either kilojoules (kJ) or calories (kcal), so eating these foods can often contribute to you becoming overweight.
NUTRITION – The calories contained in food and drinks that have a lot of added sugars, often contain few other nutrients. To eat a healthy, balanced diet, these types of foods should only be eaten occasionally as a treat.
Enjoy NATURAL Sugar
Sugars occur naturally in foods such as fruit and milk, but we don’t need to cut down on these types of sugars.