Sugar swaps – ideas for reducing the amount of sugar you eat

We wouldn’t eat sugar straight from the sugar bowl. But we tend not to think about the sugar hiding in other things we eat and drink.

Sugary foods are a source of energy but few other nutrients. If we eat more energy (measured in calories) than we need, our bodies store this as fat. This is bad for us because it increases our risk of serious health conditions like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. Eating too much sugar can also cause tooth decay, so be sure to clean your teeth regularly.

To prevent this, many of us are making some easy sugar swaps – choosing food and drinks that are lower in sugar or have no added sugar.
Check out our tips to cut down on sugar

Watch out for the hidden nasties!

You’d be amazed at how much sugar is lurking in our food - even food that doesn’t taste sweet. It can do more harm than most people realise. Here are a few facts about sugar and where it’s hiding:

  • The average person in Britain consumes about 700g of sugar a week* - that’s 140 teaspoons!
  • 500ml of cola contains the equivalent of 17 cubes of sugar.
  • There are lots of different words used to describe sugar - sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, hydrolysed starch, invert sugar, corn syrup, honey – they are all different kinds of sugars. Watch out for them on the label.
    More about food labels

* Source: National Diet & Nutrition Survey 2008/11

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