The World Health Organisation says people need to cut down on sugar, which can cause diabetes, obesity and tooth decay. But reducing your sugar intake doesn’t have to be agony. Here are seven ways to reduce the amount of sugar you eat and drink – and why not try our quiz at the end to see if you’re a sugar addict.
- Take sugar off the breakfast table. That includes white and brown granulated sugar, syrup, honey and molasses. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Add less sugar to your drinks and food. Cut the amount of sugar you put in things you eat or regularly drink like cereal, coffee, and tea by half. Then try to cut out added sugar altogether.
- Swap sugar for fruit. If you miss a sweet taste on your breakfast cereal or porridge, add fresh fruits like bananas, cherries or strawberries or dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or apricots.
- Ditch sweetened yoghurt. Plain yoghurt with fresh fruit or dried fruit tastes as good if not better than sugary varieties.
- Use less sugar when baking. Cookies, brownies and cakes are still delicious with half or a third less sugar than the recipe says. You won’t notice the difference.
- Swap sugar for extra flavour. Use flavoursome extracts such as almond, vanilla, orange or lemon instead of sugar. Or try spices like ginger, allspice, cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Switch from sugar-full to sugar-free drinks. If you can’t live without fizzy pop, choose sugar-free.