If you’re one of the many making clean eating cakes and brownies and wondering why on earth you’re weight isn’t coming down, this information may give you some clues………… There’s been lots of information in recent times about the changes to guidelines about the limits around the amounts of free-sugars we should all be consuming. Where, over the last 2 years, several public health campaigns from Change4Life, in particular, have been hammering home the message. At the same time many celebrities, with no relevant qualification in food and nutrition, have been describing sugar as poison and advocating and actively promoting recipes on that very subject where they’ve replaced sugar with ‘so called’ natural, raw, clean sugar alternative ingredients………..  Oh and by the way, now that they’ve told you about these other ‘natural alternatives’ to sugar they’re introducing you to their latest book which, just so happens to be available to buy at your local book store.

Sugar is NOT poison, we just need to be mindful about how much of it we consume, which is nothing new.

Now it’s safe to say this can drive me completely up the wall and I’ll now confess, just between you and me, it sometimes leads to me having a one way dialogue with the TV and radio when said celebrities are telling the general public to add honey, molasses, coconut sugar and the like to recipes as healthy sugar alternatives!!! The reason it drives me up the wall is because there’s no evidence to back up what they’re saying.  If they were advertising that same book during the commercial break they couldn’t say most of what they’d just claimed during the TV programme they were just advertising their book on.  In similar circumstances researchers making such claims would have to declare a conflict of interest which would taint and diminish the findings of their published work. So off my soap box now and back to sugar! See the thing is, sugar as we already know it; yes that granular, glistening white stuff being derided as poison IS NATURAL, just as natural as the honey, molasses, coconut sugar or any other so-called natural sugar alternative celebrities are promoting in their books. Sugar is sugar is sugar, wherever it comes from or what it’s called So in helping you know what to look out for, I’ve listed below many of the names food manufactures use to describe the sugars included in their products on food labels ingredients list:

So please don’t believe the hype claiming that sugar is poison, it isn’t.  We just need to be mindful about how much sugar we eat, which is nothing new.  The previous guidance advised that we consume no more than 10% of calories from free-sugars, which has now been reduced to no more than 5%. I’ve pulled together some information about how the guidance of no more than 10% translates into the number of teaspoons this adds up to. I’ve displayed it in what I hope is an easy to read and understand table below. Just like the rules of the road when it comes to speed, the figures listed below are limits not targets, so feel free to consume less!!!

And, as ever, if you think this article may be useful to someone else please do feel free to share it with them.  And maybe come over and join the conversation in The Steps To Health Facebook Group, you’ll be most welcome. I do hope that this has been useful for you.  Do you think you’re health would benefit from cutting back on your sugar intake a little bit?  Please do share in the comments below.  I always love to hear from you. Here’s to your nourishment; body, mind and spirit. Jennifer x

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