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