How to cut back on sugar

You’re probably aware that even diet coke can clean dirty money and that’s not just because it still contains sugar.

I recall my first ever nutrition course some 15 or so years ago and in the first lesson we were asked to take a spoon of barbecue sauce, the type you get in fast food outlets.  Not only did I find it gross to taste, I was horrified to see the additives contained within it including an enormous percentage of sugar and salt; not to mention the empty energy and detrimental effects it could have on your health.

Then there’s bread, granola bars and even yoghurt.  The thing is if we swap to low sugar then we’re opening ourselves up to food that potentially contains aspartame. So what hope is there?

Well, the first step toward losing weight through cutting back on sugar is keeping an eye on food labels.  The NHS states that anything with less than 5g of sugar is considered low.

Sugar is like a chameleon and can be disguised as any of the following: sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, molasses, hydrolysed starch, invert sugar, corn syrup, and even honey.

There’s no need to completely stop your goodie intake.  Moderation is key.

Cut back and make small changes.  Keep a note or use an app like MyFitnessPal.

By Michelle Stromgren
Chartered Marketer and Performance Coach with a postgraduate diploma in digital marketing. Over 25 years of corporate and individual marketing experience. A mother of two, organiser of many, blogger, budding photographer, and serial student.