Sugar is in most of the foods we eat on a daily basis. Not all sugars are bad; naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in fruit and some vegetables, often come with other nutrients like fibre and vitamins and should be part of a healthy diet. The real enemy is refined (white) sugar which is added, rather than naturally present. Most people know that processed foods and many carbonated drinks contain refined sugar, but it can also be found in tins of beans, white bread and tomato ketchup. You may be surprised to learn that many of us consume the equivalent of 53 heaped teaspoons a day of white sugar.
Both the NHS and many experts recommend reducing sugar content to maintain a healthy lifestyle and if that isn’t enough to convince you, we’ve got 5 good reasons to avoid refined sugar:
If you do like to add a sweetener to your food, or hot drinks, try to choose naturally occurring sugars, like those in honey or dried fruit. Alternative sweeteners can also be a good option but try to stick to sweeteners without harmful chemicals. Stevia is a good choice.
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