Cut down on unwanted sugar this season!

It’s effortless to consume added sugar without even knowing it.

Did you have a great day? Top it off with a cookie.

Bad break up? Have a tub of ice cream.

Added sugar find its way on to our plates with ease. For example, did you know there was added sugar in ketchup? Or flavoured yoghurt? On average, we consume 22 teaspoons of sugar a day!

 

Let’s get nifty and find ways to taper down sugar this month.

 

  1. Stop Sugar-coating things

 

Sugar consumed can be natural or artificial. Distinguishing between the two is easy. One if refined sugar (i.e. added sugar), which can be obtained through forms such as white sugar, brown, sugar, and corn syrups. The other is unrefined sugar, which is derived naturally. They come from various sources, which are mainly fruits. Our bodies need sugar to function, which is a fact and avoiding all types of sugar will most likely lead to health problems. However, we need to pay attention to the amount of sugar we consume. At HOU we use less than a tablespoon of sugar in 100 grams across all three flavours and sweeten it naturally using bananas for the Banoffee HOU, and berries for the Mixed Berry HOU.

Check out the recipes under blog to learn how to best use our vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free spreads.

 

  1. Au naturel

 

Natural sugar is the way forward. It gives us a guilt-free sweetness, and its found in a variety of sources. Also, the best part is, it's healthy! It retains sugar’s natural nutrients such as calcium, iron, and magnesium. Sources of unrefined sugars include honey, maple sugar, date sugar, agave nectar, cane juice and molasses. We recommend in aiming for a healthy balance by obtaining sugar primarily through unrefined sources due to the retained minerals, and nutrients. Consuming sugar through natural sources ensures an overall healthy diet as it brings with it healthy fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients. So, sweeten life the natural way!

Try our vegan chocolate tart recipe for a naturally sweetened healthy treat this Christmas!

 

  1. Say NO WAY, Jose to added sugar!

 

Did you know 100g of leading chocolate spreads which contain hazelnuts have  50+ grams of added sugar? Whereas, 100g of Choc-o-chick HOU contains 9.9 grams of sugar. The maximum amount of added sugar one should consume in a day is 38g.

So, next time you pick up a jar of a hazelnut spread, think about how much we are overloading our body with added sugars. First off, try weaning off the most obvious sources such as sodas, and spreads (Jam/ hazelnut spreads). Instead, swap it for a healthy fizzy drink such as kombucha, and a healthier spread like HOU. Reducing the added sugar intake can help us quickly work off that extra bit of flab. Going that extra mile even to cut out an extra tablespoon of added sugar will help ward off health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.