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5 simple ways to cut down on sugar

So, you’ve cut down on chocolate and other treats – but could you do more to avoid the sweet stuff?

 

We all know consuming too much sugar can help pile on the pounds – and being overweight can greatly increase your chances of developing type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure, and even of having a stroke. SmartPoints® is based on the most up-to-date science on sugar, so following the plan will go a long way to keeping your intake under control. But there are some other straightforward ways to cut down. These tips will help...

  1. Do it gradually

Help your tastebuds adjust to your new lower-sugar regime. Start by cutting down the amount in your tea or coffee and diluting fruit juice with sparkling water. 

  1. Eat more veg!

Add sweet vegetables to your baking and sauces to help cut down on the sugar. Squash, parsnips, carrots, beetroot and sweet potatoes all work well.

  1. Make like Sherlock

Turn detective to find sugar hiding on labels under a pseudonym. It could be listed as glucose, fructose, corn syrup, maltose, dextrose or fruit syrup. 

  1. Beware alcoholic drinks

Your favourite tipple could be packing in the sugar, so choose wisely. A half litre of sweet cider has 11 SmartPoints! A half litre of lager, meanwhile, has just 5 SmartPoints. A vodka and cranberry juice has 9 SmartPoints, compared with 2 SmartPoints for vodka with a diet mixer.

  1. Get smart with flavour

Shake cinnamon over puddings, porridge and lattes to add a naturally sweet flavour without any sugar.