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6 tips to cut down on sugar

Read nutrition labels

This will help you avoid foods high in added sugar. For example, choose whole grain breakfast cereals that have at least 4 grams of fibre and less than 5 grams of sugar per serving. Find out how sugar has a lot of names.

Rethink your drink

Drink water instead of soft drinks and juice drinks. Try diluting 100% fruit juice with sparkling water if you find it hard to give up soft drinks. Gradually reduce the amount of sugar you take in your coffee or tea.

Be ready for cravings

Avoid the sudden drop in energy that comes after choosing cookies for a mid-afternoon snack. When you’re craving something sweet, try a piece of fruit with low-fat yogurt or nuts.

Replace sugar in recipes

Try using half the amount of sugar you would usually use in recipes. It works for most things except jam and meringues.

Check your condiments

Cut down on sauces such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, honey mustard and plum sauce. They’re usually very high in sugar.

Limit how often you eat processed foods

Sugar is added to foods to make them taste sweeter. Control how much sugar is in your food by preparing it yourself.