‘Help! I love sugar, but I know too much is no good.’

Good Housekeeping (South Africa) - - YOUR BODY -

So­lu­tion: You’re right – reg­u­larly con­sum­ing ex­cess sugar is linked to higher risk of obe­sity and chronic ill­nesses like heart dis­ease, and can zap your en­ergy. So know­ing how much you’re re­ally get­ting is key. Drinks, break­fast foods and snacks are top sneaky sources, and sauces, dress­ings, dried flavour en­hancers and even savoury munchies have added sugar as a preser­va­tive. Spend a day or three pay­ing at­ten­tion to la­bels and tal­ly­ing your sugar grams – your goal is 24g or less a day, what­ever the source. Then make in­formed de­ci­sions: if you love tomato sauce, that’s fine – just go easy on sweet treats that day.

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