Sugars are also carbohydrates. They occur naturally in milk and fruit and in this form they are nutritious. Sugar also come in many forms that are not so good for you. Particularly be on the lookout for "added" or "hidden" sugars. Can be added to processed foods such as white, brown or raw sugar, malt, glucose or honey, or hidden in soft drinks, cakes, pastries, sweetened cereals, ice-cream and desserts.
These foods have little value nutritionally and provide a lot of kilojoules. For tips, use artificial sweeteners to flavour drinks and desserts. Choose low-joule jellies, soft drinks and cordials.
The bodys makes its own sugar from the fods we get and we do not actually need extra sugar at al. So for your health, it is best to watch the amount of sugar you take. There are two main problems in taking too much sugar that firstly, it promotes OBESITY. Obesity is know to be associated with an increased risk of diabeters and heart disease. Secondly, it promotes tooth decay. When you consume a drink or eat any food containing sugar, it is naturally present on our teeth use sugar to form acid which causes tooth decay (dental caries).
TIPS TO CUT DOWN ON SUGAR
* Try to cut out sweet foods in between meals.
* For snacks, choose fresh fruits, vegetables and foods which are low in sugar.
* LIMIT your intake of cakes, biscuits and sweet traditional cakes.
* Choose tinned fruit in natural juice rather than in syrup. Avoid cereals with added sugar.
* Try not to have sweetened drinks in between meals.
* Try drinking coffee or tea with less or no sugar. (I've been practising this and this works!).
* When buying soft drinks, choose low calorie ones or unsweetened fruit cakes.
* THE BEST DRINK IS PLAIN WATER (AIR SUAM)