Health & wellbeing

6 simple ways to cut down on sugar

These quick tips could save you lots of SmartPoints®.

If you've cut down on chocolate and other treats – that's amazing! In addition to being a healthy behaviour, cutting down on sugary treats will also help you stay within your SmartPoints Budget and work towards your weight loss goals.

(Love chocolate? Don't worry - your favourite treats can still slot into your daily allowance. For example, WW member Jude saves 6 SmartPoints to enjoy a Crunchie bar at the end of each day.)

Cutting back on sweet treats is a great way to limit the amount of sugar in your diet. And since foods that are higher in sugar are assigned higher SmartPoints values, as a WW member you'll naturally be guided towards healthier food choices. Discover how SmartPoints work.

But could you do more to avoid the sweet stuff? Here are some simple ways to cut down on sugar.


1. Do it gradually

Help your taste buds 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.


2. Learn your label

Let packaging help you make healthier choices – check the ‘traffic lights’ on the front of the pack and try to select foods with sugar rated as green, rather than red or amber.


3. 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.


4. 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. Find out more about hidden sugar.


5. Beware alcoholic drinks

Your favourite tipple could be packing in the sugar, so choose wisely. A pint of sweet cider has 11 SmartPoints! A pint 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. Check how many SmartPoints are in your favourite tipple.


6. Get smart with flavour

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