SUGAR-COATED…

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - FEATURES -

If you’re par­tial to a café-style muf­fin, you might want to read this — or turn away now. A re­cent anal­y­sis found many store-bought muffins con­tain your whole day’s worth of added sugar. Sur­prised? You mightn’t be if you knew your daily quota of added sugar was just six tea­spoons!

The re­al­ity is that Aussies are eat­ing more than dou­ble that amount — a huge 14 tea­spoons a day, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Aus­tralian Health Sur­vey.

To put this in con­text, the fol­low­ing each ex­ceed your daily sugar quota: • Five jelly snakes with 6½ tea­spoons of sugar (27.5g) • A reg­u­lar-sized Mars Bar with over 7 tea­spoons (30.3g) • A Glo­ria Jean’s Very Vanilla Chiller with 11½ tea­spoons (48.6g)

It’s easy to see how quickly your sugar in­take adds up. But keep in mind that this sugar limit doesn’t in­clude nat­u­ral sug­ars found in fruit and dairy, so there’s no need to worry about lim­it­ing th­ese foods.

In­stead, work on tam­ing your sweet tooth and cut­ting back on ‘ex­tras’ like choco­late, bis­cuits and cake. They don’t have to be off the menu for good, but it pays to know how to man­age your sweet crav­ings — be­cause let’s face it, we all have them! So if you’re ready to win your bat­tle against the sweet stuff, turn to page 30 for our top tips to beat crav­ings, as well as sim­ple swaps to cut back.

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