All you need to know about sugar

Wondering how much sugar you should have in a day? Looking for a sweet alternative or want to know your fructose from your sucrose? Our expert guides will shed some light on your sugar questions...

All you need to know about sugar

10 things you should know before giving up sugar
It seems like everyone is trying to cut down on the sweet stuff - but is it really as simple as it seems? Chocolate fiend and Good Food guinea pig Caroline Hire quit sugar for eight weeks and learnt a few lessons along the way...
10 things you should know before giving up sugar


How much sugar should children have?
We've yet to meet a child without a sweet tooth, but are your kids consuming an unhealthy amount of sugar? Leading dietician Emer Delaney explains how much is too much, and shares simple swaps to help you reduce their intake...
How much sugar should children have?

Jack Monroe: Sugar addiction and food poverty
Jack Monroe talks about the impact poverty has on children's health and how a sugar tax could affect those already struggling to make ends meet...
Jack Monroe: Sugar addiction and food poverty


How much sugar is in your snack?
Do you know how many teaspoons of sugar are in that surreptitious snack? We took a look at some popular choices and uncovered just how much of the sweet stuff is in every bite. We're not all doom and gloom though - discover our equally delicious, but far less sugary alternatives...
How much sugar is in your snack?

The great sugar tax debate: Jamie Oliver gives his view
Lily Barclay talks to Jamie Oliver about why he wants a sugar tax, his fears for the future of children's health and his desire for change...
The great sugar tax debate: Jamie Oliver gives his view



Why do most children love sugar?
Is there a scientific reason behind your child turning down all that broccoli? We look into the way taste buds change and develop in children...
Why do most children love sugar?


DavinaDavina McCall: How to be sugar-free
If you've ever been tempted to cut back on sugar but can't face going cold turkey, Davina's realistic approach will have you shunning the sweet stuff in no time...
How to be sugar-free


Lower sugar recipesLower sugar recipes
Healthy and filling lunches and dinners - all with under 10g of sugar per serving.
Try our lower sugar recipes


How to quit sugar

How to quit sugar
Australian journalist and food writer, Sarah Wilson, is on a mission to get us to cut down our sugar intake - one teaspoon at a time...
How to quit sugar


How much sugarHow much sugar should I eat?
How much can we eat a day and what are the symptoms if we overdo it? If you've found the latest advice around sugar consumption confusing, you're not alone...
How much sugar should I eat?


Will sugar make you old?Will sugar make you old?
As the sugar debate rages on and governing bodies rethink current guidelines we asked the UK's leading nutritionist, Dr Marilyn Glenville all the questions you really want answered when it comes to sugar...
Will sugar make you old?


Sugar explainedSugar explained
You've probably heard the terms fructose, glucose, lactose and sucrose before. You may even know that they're all types of sugar. But do you know how they differ from one another, or whether some are better for you than others? Use our handy guide to shed some light on the secrets of sugar...
Sugar explained

How to spot hidden sugarHow to spot hidden sugar
Some experts believe it's the sugar rather than the fat in our diets that's contributing to our obesity epidemic. Nutritional therapist Kerry Torrens explains how to spot the 'hidden' sugar you may not know you're eating.
How to spot hidden sugar


Honey explainedSugar substitutes - honey explained
Sweeter than sugar and with twice the nutritional profile could honey be the ultimate alternative to table sugar? We explore the nutritional highs and lows of this popular porridge topper...
Sugar substitutes - honey explained

Agave explainedSugar substitutes - agave explained
With sugar hitting the health headlines for all the wrong reasons the nutrition-conscious are turning to unrefined substitutes for sweet satisfaction. But are these alternatives really any better for you? Here we take a look at the health claims of agave...
Sugar substitutes - agave explained

Stevia explainedSugar substitutes - stevia explained
There were high hopes for stevia when it was approved for sale in 2012, but has it lived up to expectations? We take a closer look at the nutritional claims of stevia, discover where it can be found and ask whether it's a worthy alternative to sugar...
Sugar substitutes - stevia explained

XylitolSugar substitutes - xylitol explained
Low-GI, low-calorie and apparently good for dental health. Is xylitol all it's cracked up to be? Nutritionist Jo Lewin investigates..
Sugar substitutes - xylitol explained


Aspartame expalinedSugar substitutes - aspartame explained
This artificial sweetener, sold in pill form or added to processed foods, has long divided opinion as to whether consumption is safe and if it's an effective way to cut back on sugar. Here we examine what we actually know about aspartame and whether it's a worthy substitute for the sweet stuff...
Sugar substitutes - aspartame explained

Sugar-free bakingSugar-free baking
If you're looking to use a sugar substitute in your favourite bakes we show you how to make the change and still get great results...
Sugar-free baking


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20th Jan, 2016
I decided to go completely off refined sugar last August 2015. I am eating all the same foods I ate before this but lost 17 lbs. That was the bonus. The real benefit is more energy, feeling good all around and feeling like I am free from another addiction.
17th Nov, 2015
I've been slowly cutting my sugar down since I realized how much was in foods marketed as 'healthy' like wheat breads and yogurt. I haven't quite kicked the sugar addiction yet but Im closer than I was a month ago.
19th Mar, 2014
When you read the amount of sugar per 100g in a fruit yogurt, does that mean the amount of added sugar to the yogurt, or does it include the naturally occurring sucrose in the fruit? It can be as high as 25 grams but if it's fructose is it as bad as added sugar? I've started buying plain natural yogurt as I'm not sure.
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Kerry Torrens
4th Jun, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. The amount of sugar on labels includes all sugars, whether they are naturally occurring or added. As you say flavoured yogurts can be high in sugar so buying plain natural yogurt and adding your own flavours to sweeten is always going to be a better option. Yogurt naturally contains lactose which is natural milk sugar – some people find this sugar difficult to digest because they lack the enzyme needed to break it down.
25th Mar, 2014
Unfortunately the total sugars per 100g includes both naturally occurring and added sugars. Bear in mind that an unsweetened yogurt contains around 5-15g natural sugar per 100g. 25g of sugar per 100g sounds like quite a lot. Some people believe fructose is healthier than sucrose as it tastes sweeter per gram, so you'd need less of it, which would mean less calories. However they are both forms of sugar, so should be consumed in moderation.
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