Many of you will have heard this week about the government advisory body that is now recommending we all cut our sugar intake by half and a tax should be introduced on sugary food and drinks to help control the health crisis that is crippling the NHS.
While many people are aware that fizzy drinks and sweets contain a lot of sugar, less people realise that their favourite fruits taste so great due to their high sugar content. Overall fruits are a lot better for you due to the various vitamins and minerals they have compared to highly processed and refined sugary snacks.
There are three types of carbohydrates, fibre, simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates are sugars; the carbohydrates in rice and milk (lactose) break down into sugar. So finding a way to cut your sugar intake is not as easy as it sounds, but you can cut your intake right down by not adding any sugar to your food. This means no sugar in your cereal or tea, eating unsweetened food and experiment with other flavours.
When you next go shopping look on the package to see the foods sugar content, sugar is sometimes listed by its chemical name ‘Sucrose’. Sugar in fruit is also known as ‘Fructose’ and the sugar in milk is called ‘Lactose’. You can recognize other sugars on labels because their chemical names end in ‘ose.’ For example glucose is also known as ‘Dextrose’, Fructose is also known as ‘Levulose, Lactose and Maltose’.