Children have already exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an eighteen year old by the time they reach their tenth birthday, according to Public Health England (PHE). This has led to the latest government anti-obesity push.
English and maths lessons will now include anti-sugar messages. For example, students will use times tables to calculate how much sugar is in different items of food and will then compare this to the recommended daily allowance.* To help conquer this shocking statistic, here are some fabulous tips on how to ditch that sweet tooth and replace your sugary snacks with healthy alternatives!
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2. Reach for a superfood
Reach for the itsu crispy seaweed thins (RRP £1, Tesco), with three different flavours to choose from, instead of your usual sugary snack. “itsu seaweed thins make the perfect skin enhancing snack as they’re brimming with salts, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
These leave the skin hydrated, smooth and nourished,” according to Nutritionist Alix Woods. Seaweed also “heals, repairs and manages both dry and oily skin conditions, like acne, spots, blackheads and pimples…”- helping to kill two birds with one stone!
3. Beat the 3pm slump
Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar (www.glenvillenutrition.com), advises, “eat a predominantly protein-based meal for lunch, such as a tuna salad with a small portion of brown rice or a rye cracker”, because “where your body naturally has a ‘post-lunch dip’ in the afternoon, a lunch heavy in carbohydrates will promote this.
This can then lead to a battle through the afternoon slump and the need for another quick fix to keep you going mid-afternoon”. Marilyn concludes that if you’re still hungry mid-afternoon “have a snack combining a protein with a carbohydrate- such as apple with nuts or seeds, oatcakes with nut butter or crudités with hummus.”