Just in case it wasn’t your New Year's resolution to cut down on cake, chocolate, or any other sweet, sugar-heavy snacks, the media have taken it upon themselves in recent weeks to steer us away from tempting treats byway of terrifying tales about the evils of sugar. The really scary bit; it looks like they’re right.
The recent health warnings come after a group of health experts and academics launched ‘Action on Sugar’, a campaign demanding food companies reduce sugar in products by 30 per cent. Action on Sugar believes that doing this could reverse the growing obesity crisis in the UK in just five years, shaving 100 calories from the average daily intake.
Experts behind the campaign claim the sweet stuff has become as big a danger to our health as alcohol or tobacco – not so sweet now, eh? Labelling high-sugar drinks ‘the alcohol of childhood’ they are asking companies to stop advertising sugary drinks and snacks to children.
Although strongly worded, this warning probably isn’t huge news to many of us with a vague interest in health and nutrition. We know that a lot of sugar isn’t good for us. We know that too much will cause us to become unhealthy, tired and overweight and sometimes we even turn down pudding (mmm pudding), but can a sweet tooth really be an addiction?
In short, yes. Our bodies crave the instant hit they get from consuming high sugar foods and the more we eat the worse the situation becomes. So, with sugar present in everything from certain fruits and cereal to bread and brownies, how do we give it up? And, most importantly, what do we do when the craving hits?
We spoke to nutrition expert Susanne Köllner of Mydetoxdiet.co.uk and she gave us the following pointers to help get us started:
Feeling inspired? Are you ready to ditch the cupcakes, leave that afternoon biscuit in the tin, and forget all about those delicious rocky roads stuffed with crumbly shortbread, melting chocolate and chewy marshmallows... What was our point? Oh yes, time to cut down. It might not be easy but cutting out sugar, or at least reducing our intake will do wonders for overall health, energy levels and, of course, the waistline. Next time you feel a craving think about these tips and when that four o'clock cup of tea comes around stay strong, keep calm and do not think about biscuits. Mmmm, biscuits...
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