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Cutting down on sugar
Eating too much sugar can lead to weight gain over time, which puts you at risk of high blood pressure.
Sugary foods are high in calories, but often have few other nutrients, and can lead to a quick energy rush followed by a slump afterwards. This may cause to feel sluggish and low in energy and can lead to cravings for more sugary foods, so that you eat too much and put on weight.
There is strong evidence that sugars, which are digested and absorbed quickly by the body, can cause raised blood sugar and insulin levels which in the long-term may be harmful to your health, being linked to diabetes and heart disease. Sugar is also an important cause of tooth decay.
When you are making the following traditional desserts try and use less sugar:
- banana bread
- potato pudding
Sugar is also added to lots of foods such as sweets, chocolate, cakes and some fizzy and juice drinks. Fruit juice and honey can also count as added sugars as they're sometimes added to foods to make them sweeter.
Sugars in whole pieces of fruit are less likely to damage your teeth as the sugars are contained within the food, while in fruit juice the sugars are released during the juicing process.
You shouldn’t cut down on fruit as it’s an important part of a healthy, balanced diet.