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Health & Wellbeing / Jayne Cherrington-Cook

5 Ways To Cut Back On Sugar (And Still Eat Chocolate)

We know those cravings are seriously hard to resist (hello, Reese’s Pieces peanut butter cups) but decreasing your sugar intake can benefit your overall health. So, how can we eat less? Here are 5 easy ways to cut back…

Switch to low-sugar cereals

Many cereals – especially the ones that kids like – are full of sugar. Instead choose porridge, Weetabix or Shredded Wheat for the ultimate low-sugar start to the day. If you find you still need something sweet, add a banana, chopped apricots or some apple.

Swap your snacks

Snacks are a sugar minefield, so try these swaps to cut sugar:

  • Swap cake for malt-loaf or a toasted teacake.
  • Swap biscuits for oatcakes or unsalted rice cakes.
  • Instead of sweets, munch on dried fruit such as raisins, apricots or apple. While they do have sugar in them, they do at least count towards your 5-a-day.
  • Ditch flavoured yogurts and serve up natural Greek yogurt, with fruit.

Avoid adding sugar

An obvious one, but don’t serve jam or chocolate spread on toast, don’t add sugar to cereals or tea and be cautious of too much honey – it’s still sugar!

Watch what you drink

A can of coke not surprisingly contains just over 9 teaspoons of sugar. What might be more surprising though is that other ‘healthier’ alternatives are just as bad. A glass of Ribena has 8 teaspoons of sugar, while a regular sized glass of orange juice contains the same amount of sugar as that can of coke. Either switch to low-sugar alternatives or better still, drink water with squashes and fizzy drinks an occasional treat.

Eat the right kind of chocolate

Just because you’re cutting down on sugar, doesn’t mean you can’t eat chocolate – especially when PMS strikes! It’s just important that you eat the RIGHT kind of chocolate. Dark chocolate contains half the sugar that milk chocolate does. Choose one that is at least 70% cocoa. It will take time getting used to it as it’s definitely not so sweet but will still help satisfy your choc cravings, while also boosting your health.

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