To tie in with our new focus on Diet and Nutrition, every month our health experts will be giving advice about some key diet and nutrition areas. This month we start with something sweet: Sugar.

Sugar:

We are all being advised to reduce our sugar consumpition; this is more easily achieved when we recognise all the different names for sugar used in food labelling:

  • SUCROSE
  • GLUCOSE
  • FRUCTOSE
  • MALTOSE
  • FRUIT JUICE
  • MOLASSES
  • HYDROLYSED STARCH
  • INVERT SUGAR
  • CORN SYRUP
  • HONEY

It can be hard to keep track of your sugar intake, and drinking sweetened beverages can substantially add to it without you being aware of it.

Try and keep sugar-sweetened drinks to a minimum (150ml is the recommended maximum a day) and, check for sugar where you might not expect it, for instance in savoury foods such sauces, soups and ready-meals.

Because they’re so filling, fruits usually can’t be consumed in the same quantity as, for instance, fruit juice. In addition, fruit contains healthy nutrients, such as water, vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre which we need for a healthy digestive system. Fruit (and vegetables) are also filling, so they may reduce your temptation to snack.

Dried fruit, particularly raisins, can be a popular substitute for confectionery, however, although they are rich in some nutrients, health concerns include the amount of sugar they contain. Teeth – even those which haven’t yet come through, are damaged through quantity – and frequency – of sugar consumption.

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