We all know that sugar is not good for you. As children we are told that it will rot our teeth and give us a bad complexion and, to be fair, when we think of sugar as in cakes, biscuits, sweets and puddings, it’s fairly easy to avoid. Cutting out cakes and sugar laden drinks, for most of us, is a conscious decision. However the problem really arises with the hidden sugars that many convenience foods are now laden with.
Too much sugar increases our chance of conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Sugar is added to most processed foods, from pasta sauces through to fat free treats, cereals, bread and more. Often a diet option will have a much higher sugar content that the ‘non diet’ alternative.
From a nutritional perspective, sugar is frowned upon for two reasons. One is weight gain and cavities, the second is the ‘empty calories’ that sugar delivers. Empty calories can impact on the intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in a person’s diet. So what’s the answer? Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice. Cutting out sugar means avoiding convenience and processed food. Planning meals in advance helps to keep us on the straight and narrow!