Cut­ting back on the sweet stuff

IN A SUGAR-FILLED WORLD, MAK­ING THE MOVE TO CUT DOWN ON OUR IN­TAKE ISN’T EASY. HERE’S HOW TO MAKE IT WORK

Good Health (Australia) - - Contents -

It’s no se­cret by now: sugar isn’t good for us. We know the stats – an over­abun­dance of sugar in our di­ets is thought to be a driv­ing force be­hind obe­sity and type 2 di­a­betes. Back in 2015, the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) rec­om­mended that less than 10 per cent of our en­ergy in­take should come from free, or added, su­gars – the equiv­a­lent of 13 tea­spoons. But we’re find­ing it a hard tar­get to reach – the 2011-2012 Aus­tralian Health Sur­vey found we’re con­sum­ing on av­er­age 14 tea­spoons of added sugar a day. When you con­sider WHO has now rec­om­mended we slash our in­take to five per cent (or six tea­spoons) for ex­tra health ben­e­fits, we’re a fair way off. But with added su­gars found in un­ex­pected places – salad dress­ing, for in­stance – it can be hard to cut down with­out feel­ing like you’re de­priv­ing your­self, mak­ing it un­sus­tain­able in the long term. The trick is to es­tab­lish a few new habits that will soon be­come sec­ond na­ture…

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