Breaking the sugar habit can be difficult. But as more health research comes to light, its shows its necessary to reduce sugar consumption, if not eliminate it completely from our diets. Research continues to show that sugar reduction is among the top product claims sought after by consumers.
A technical report, produced by Public Health England1, shows set guidelines for the food industry on how to achieve a targeted 20% sugar reduction across the top nine categories of food that provide the majority of sugar in the diets of children up to the age of 18 years. Although the programme focuses on foods consumed by children, the reality is that families eat the same foods.
The 3 sugar reduction approaches the food industry has been advised to take are:
- reformulating products to lower the levels of sugar present
- reducing the portion size, and/or the number of calories in single-serve products
- shifting consumer purchasing towards lower or no added sugar products
The increased focus on sugar consumption in relation to health had lead to new regulatory guidelines in markets globally. In the United Kingdom, the government has published a great report “Sugar reductions: from evidence into action”2 which focuses on actual evidence in regards to how much sugar can be found in the products that we include in our diet. Public Health England will judge the success of the sugar reduction programme by measuring the net amount of sugar removed from key food categories. The principles are to encourage the industry to go further and faster in sugar reduction in order to improve health outcomes.
Here are some tips that you can take immediately to help reduce your own sugar consumption in the pursuit of Active Wellness:
1. Eliminate fizzy drinks and other sugary beverages.
2. Need a sugar fix? Eat a piece of fruit or a sweet vegetable, such as a carrot or beetroot. Frozen berries, grapes, cherries and bananas are delicious as sorbets when blended.
3. Are you a coffee or tea drinker? Replace your daily beverage with Kenzen ten4® Matcha Green Tea Drink. Made with high quality organic matcha green tea from an elite tea-growing area in Japan, with only 8 calories per serving.
4. Be careful with “alternative” sweeteners, such as honey and molasses. They are still forms of sugar, high in calories and have limited nutritional value. Instead, choose no-calorie natural sweeteners such as monkfruit and stevia. Nikken has already taken steps to avoid sugar in its KVB®Natural Food Mix, a healthy protein meal replacement mix, naturally sweetened with stevia.
5. Check out what’s in your food supplements. Nikkens Cleansedx helps support natural liver function and contains a high amount of chicory root powder. According to Women’s Health Magazine3, chicory is a very healthy alternative to sugar.
6. Drink more water. An amazing new study4 has found that people who drank just 1% more water daily cut sugar intake by one to four teaspoons.
7. Read labels. Packaged food contains lots of hidden sugar, so eat fresh food whenever possible.
Sugar is a bad habit, but the good news is, together we can beat it!
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