Food Additives and Preservatives – Sugar

preseratives and additivesFrom tomato sauce and soft drinks to baked goods and cereals, sugar is in a myriad of commonly eaten food products and is one of the great health robbers of our time (along with many other food additives and preservatives to be aware of – if you don’t recognise the ingredient – don’t buy it!).

The problem does not lie in eating foods that are naturally sweetened – the real health concern lies with eating too many processed sugary goods, for example soft drinks.

Simple Tips to Reduce Your Sugar Intake.

  • Don’t be fooled by the words brown sugar. Often brown sugar is simply white sugar with a small amount of blackstrap molasses added.
  • Eat the fruit, drink the water. In order to avoid added sugar, avoid fruit juices and stick to high-fibre fruits such as apples, oranges and grapefruits.
  • Become a wise label reader. Just like all food additives and preservatives, sugar likes to hide in many processed food products by using aliases in the ingredient list such as sucrose, glucose, fructose, dextrose, lactose, maltose and corn syrup. If any of these ingredients are listed in the first three to four words of the list, you can count on a high sugar content.
  • Break sugar cravings. Use natural spices or teas such as cinnamon or vanilla.
  • When baking, use natural sweeteners. You can also use fruits such as mashed bananas, plums, raisins, apple sauce, pears, peaches, apricots or cranberries for a natural burst of sweetness.

When choosing a cereal follow the “5 in 5” rule. Purchase a cereal with a minimum of 5g of fibre per serving and a maximum of 5g of sugar per serving.