Why we should cut the sugar

As time goes by I notice more and more every day that people are consuming more and more sugar

We Britons really do eat too much sugar: 700g of the sweet stuff a week. That’s an average of 140 teaspoons per person.

Eating too much sugar can make you gain weight and can also cause tooth decay. Added sugars, such as table sugar, honey and syrups, shouldn’t make up more than 5% of the energy you get from food and drink each day. That’s about 30g a day for anyone aged 11 and older.

Nutrition labels tell you how much sugar a food contains:

  • high in sugar – 22.5g or more of total sugar per 100g
  • low in sugar – 5g or less of total sugar per 100g

Some packaging uses a colour-coded system that makes it easy to choose foods that are lower in sugar, salt and fat. Look for more “greens” and “ambers”, and fewer “reds”, in your shopping basket.

Eating too much sugar can contribute to people having too many calories, which can lead to weight gain. Being overweight increases your risk of health problems such as heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. For a healthy, balanced diet, we should get most of our calories from other kinds of foods, such as starchy foods (wholegrain where possible) and fruits and vegetables, and only eat foods high in free sugars occasionally or not at all.

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