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All you need to know about sugar

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Wondering how much sugar children should have, looking to cut down or want to try substitutes? Our expert guides will shed some light on all your sugar questions.

Are you looking to cut down on sugar? Or, perhaps you're interested to know more about sugar alternatives like agave and stevia? Maybe you want to learn why children love sugar, and how you can stop them eating too much.

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With expert nutrition guides and healthier low-sugar recipes, our helpful low-sugar hub contains plenty of helpful information on how to cut back on the sweet stuff.

Find out how much sugar is in your snacks and learn the 10 things you need to know before giving up sugar. Then, dive into our low-sugar breakfast recipes and guide to sugar-free baking

Recipes

Lower-sugar recipes

Low sugar recipes

If you're looking to start cutting back on sugar, make sure you're armed with our collection of heathy recipes. Try our light but filling lunches, dinners and the occasional sweet treat – all containing under 10g of sugar per serving.

Low-sugar breakfast recipes

Avocado & black bean eggs

Low in sugar, but high in flavour and nutrients. Discover our favourite low-sugar breakfast recipes (all containing 5g of sugar per serving or less), from naturally sweet pancakes and homemade muesli, to many new ways with eggs.

Top 10 low-sugar snacks

Avocado strawberry ices

Trying to quit sugar? If you're looking for snack ideas to fit into a low-sugar diet, we have you covered. Try our nutritious recipes, including savoury popcorn, vegetable-based dips and spiralised snacks.

Sugar guides

Guide to sugar-free baking

Sugar Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Looking for a natural alternative to sugar in your cakes? We have plenty of ideas for sweet treats made with the most popular sugar substitutes.

10 things you should know before giving up sugar

10 things you need to know before giving up sugar

It seems that 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 learned a few lessons along the way.

How much sugar is in your snack?

How much sugar is in your snack

Do you know how many teaspoons of sugar are in your snack of choice? We look at some popular options and uncover just how much sugar is in every bite. Plus, we suggest equally delicious but far less sugary alternatives.

Davina McCall: how to be sugar-free

Davina McCall

If you've ever been tempted to cut back on sugar but can't face going cold turkey, Davina's realistic approach will help you on your journey.

How to quit sugar

Sarah Wilson

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 much sugar should I eat?

How much sugar should i eat

How much can we eat a day and what are the symptoms to look out for if we overdo it? If you've found the advice around sugar consumption confusing, you're not alone – we're here to help clear things up.

Will sugar make you old?

Close up of female hands breaking a home made chocolate brownie in half against a white background.

As the sugar debate continues, we ask nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville all the questions you have when it comes to sugar.

How to spot hidden sugar

How to spot hidden sugars

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' sugars you may not know you're eating.

Sugar, explained

Sugar explained

You've probably heard the terms fructose, glucose, lactose and sucrose before, and 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 substitute: honey, explained

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 substitute: agave, explained

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: stevia, explained

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: xylitol, explained

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: aspartame, explained

Aspartame

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.

Family and children

How much sugar should children have?

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.

Jack Monroe: sugar addiction and food poverty

Sugar addiction

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.

The great sugar tax debate: Jamie Oliver gives his view

Jamie Oliver

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

Why do most children love sugar?

Boy drinking diluted juice from a clear glass.

Is there a scientific reason behind your child reaching for the sugary treats but turning down broccoli? We look into the way tastebuds change and develop in children.

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