We’ve put together a rundown of sugar-free meal ideas and what hidden sugars are. We’ve also covered alternative sweeteners ideas, and whether natural or artificial is better.
Keeping an eye on our sugar intake is an important factor in maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. But how?
Here are some quick-fix tips that are easy to try:
In the UK for something to be classed as ‘low sugar’ it needs to contain less that 5g of sugar per 100g, usually identifiable by its green colour coding on the nutrition info part of the packaging. Anything over 25g of sugar is considered high, and will be coloured red. These should be avoided, except for the occasional treat, in order to keep up a low sugar diet.
A quick way to recognise and reduce sugar in our diets is to reduce, or cut out processed foods. The majority of food we can buy in the supermarket contains lots of added sugar.
Here are a few of our favourite recipes that are low in sugar, but hit all the cravings!
Not all of the sugars we eat are so easy to identify. There are many hidden sugars out there going by different names that aren’t so straight forward to spot on food labels.
NHS Scotland has a handy tip for spotting these. Quite often these hidden sugars end in ‘ose’, think glucose, fructose, or sucrose. If they appear near the beginning of an ingredients list, then they probably contain a large amount. Other names to look out for include maltose, lactose and dextrose.
There are many more options than just refined cane sugar when it comes to our choice of sweeteners. But are all of them good for us?
All artificial sweeteners used in the UK are rigorously tested for safety. This doesn’t mean that they’re necessarily ‘healthy’, but they are a good alternative for anyone with diabetes, as they don’t increase blood sugar levels.
Let us know your go-to sugar alternatives in the comments.
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