Secrets to eating less sugar

How much sugar per day is recommended?
How much is 25 grams of sugar?
Tip #1: Better fruit than juice
Tip #2: Careful with your breakfast
Tip #3: Watch out with the sauces
Tip #4: Watch out for frozen pizzas
Tip #5: Keep an eye on drinks that replace milk
Tip #6: Energy drinks: Red alert!
Tip #7: Watch out for salad dressing
Tip #8: Check the composition of salty biscuits
Tip #9: All sweeteners are sugars
Tip #10: Take a good look at the labelling
Tip #11: Avoid industrial sweets
Tip #12: Caution with ice cream
Tip #13: Don't get confused by yoghurts
Tip #14: The darker the chocolate, the better
Tip #15: Teriyaki is synonymous with sugar
Tip #16: Eat fruit as a sweet dessert
Tip #17: Eat traditional bread
Sugar only in its right measure
How much sugar per day is recommended?

According to the World Health Organization, it is recommended to consume 25 grams of sugar a day. But in general, our diet has much more sugar than that. Sugar is a product that the food industry uses across the board. And in foods that you wouldn't imagine!

How much is 25 grams of sugar?

The amount of sugar that the WHO recommends to consume daily is very small. To give you an idea: a full tablespoon sugar can contain up to 25 grams. Or, in another equivalence: 25 grams of sugar is about six tablespoons of coffee. So in that one spoon, you should have all the sugar for your day.

Tip #1: Better fruit than juice

The sugar in fruit is not harmful. It's the so-called free sugars (or added sugars) that must be taken with caution. And as it turns out, we are making the sugar of the fruit metabolize as free sugars when we squeeze the fruit and drink its juice. In addition, we consume more sugar that way because, generally, a juice is made from several pieces of fruit. It is healthier to eat one piece at a time.

Tip #2: Careful with your breakfast

It depends on the country, but there are places in the world where breakfast is the great feast of the sweet tooth: cereals, jams, chocolates... Be careful! Sweeten your coffee or tea moderately, eat unsweetened yogurt and bet on healthy salty foods (vegetables, eggs, etc.). Remember: one sugar cube contains between 5 and 7 grams of sugar.

Tip #3: Watch out with the sauces

The healthiest thing would be to make our own sauces. It is very common for ketchup brands, for example, to introduce a large amount of sugar to their tomato sauce, just to improve the flavour. That's because tomatoes tend to have a certain acidity.

Tip #4: Watch out for frozen pizzas

Many precooked foods have a high sugar content. Even if they are salty foods! For example, this is the case with frozen pizzas. They are usually prepared with a lot of sugar. Obviously, the food industry is adapting to new times and trying to reduce sugar so look at the label carefully and decide. But (again), it would be best if we made our own pizza without added sugar.

Tip #5: Keep an eye on drinks that replace milk

If you consume soy or almond drinks instead of milk, don't expect them to be sugar-free drinks. In almond milk, for example, there can be up to 20 grams of added sugar in a glass.

Tip #6: Energy drinks: Red alert!

If the usual soft drink already has a serious problem with sugar (despite attempts to make it diet or zero), the energy drink is a full-on disaster. The sum of caffeine and high doses of sugar is the perfect stimulant for our brain, so an average energy drink can contain up to 52 grams of sugar.

Tip #7: Watch out for salad dressing

Balsamic vinegar contains sugar. Not in an excessive amount, but be aware that sugar is also used to sweeten its flavor.

Tip #8: Check the composition of salty biscuits

They're salty cookies, but they contain a lot of sugar. Appearance is deceiving.

Tip #9: All sweeteners are sugars

Honey is very healthy (and delicious), but 85% of its composition is sugar. The same thing goes for syrup and other sweeteners.

Tip #10: Take a good look at the labelling

We have to take time and read the labels of the food we buy. And we also need to know the sugar synonyms that some brands use. If food contains much fructose, sucrose, lactose, glucose, or starch, be careful with it.

Tip #11: Avoid industrial sweets

They are a real temptation, but industrial sweets have so much sugar that they can only be consumed as a whim that we afford ourselves from time to time.

Tip #12: Caution with ice cream

Ice cream is a delight that many cannot deny themselves. But a regular ice cream contains at least 21 grams of sugar, when only a maximum of 25 grams a day is recommended. However, no one is perfect, and some ice cream from time to time will not kill us.

Tip #13: Don't get confused by yoghurts

Low-fat yoghurt tends to have a higher sugar content, because the fat is replaced by sugar in order to preserve its texture and taste. Be careful when choosing your yogurt.

Tip #14: The darker the chocolate, the better

Consuming chocolate in large quantities can lead to other problems, but as far as sugar is concerned, it's best to eat it as dark as possible. A 70% dark chocolate bar usually contains about 5 grams of sugar. This is acceptable as long as you haven't eaten too many sugary foods for the rest of the day.

Tip #15: Teriyaki is synonymous with sugar

Teriyaki sauce has a very high sugar content. It is delicious but you have to be careful with the dosis.

Tip #16: Eat fruit as a sweet dessert

Fruit is the best dessert. Sweets are best left for special occasions. Read here how to make easy and healthy desserts within minutes.

Tip #17: Eat traditional bread

Sugar was traditionally not used in the production of (European) bread. But the industrial processing of this food and the eagerness to give it an attractive taste or crunchy texture has caused producers to add significants amounts of sugar to it. The best thing is to go to a traditional bakery where they make their own product, the old-fashioned way.

Sugar only in its right measure

In short, we have to take less sugar. Health comes first. On the other hand, life is about happiness (and sometimes breaking the rules). With that a little bit of candy (just a little) we should be fine, as long as we keep an eye on our diet.

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