The hidden sugars in our food

Staying away from sugar may be more difficult than you realise

Avoiding sugar may seem easy if you forego the sweets, chocolates, biscuits and desserts, but did you know that sugar is present in thousands of unexpected grocery items too?

Manufacturers often add sugar to their products to boost the flavour and improve the texture – even if it’s labelled as a ‘low-fat’ or ‘healthy’ items. Looking at the labels for sugar content isn’t always straightforward either, as there are over 30 different names for sugar – some of which you may not realise are actually sugar. Check out our sugar word cloud infographic which may surprise you!

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Watch our sugar video - it'll make you think twice!

Sometimes just seeing how much sugar is in our food and drink items can be quite effective. Watch our video here to see how many teaspoons of sugar are present in some surprising everyday items!

Top tips for reducing your hidden sugar consumption

  • Try to make your meals and snacks from scratch so that you know exactly what’s in them
  • Always read the labels on food and drink packaging and look out for the more unusual terms for sugar
  • Stick to water, milk, tea and coffee (without sugar added) for fluids, and nuts, cheese, vegetables, and sugar-free rice cakes for snacks.


Published: August 10th, 2016

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