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Say Goodbye to free sugars

Thinking about your sugar consumption? Discover these tips and tricks from The Food Medic to help you eradicate the white stuff from your diet…

You might be thinking, hey, why all the fuss about reducing sugars? First things first, sugar is not poisonous or toxic, nor is it uniquely to blame for obesity or poor health. However, we could generally do with consuming less ‘free’ sugars. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), a committee of independent experts that advises the Government on nutrition issues, recommends that the average intake of ‘free’ sugars should not exceed 5% of total dietary energy intake, as they can contribute to excess calories in our diet and tooth decay. But what are free sugars and how might we limit our intake?

Free sugars includes sugars added to food and drinks by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, but also includes ‘natural sugars’ found in honey, syrups and juices. These are sugars we generally need to eat less of as they can contribute to excess calories in our diet and tooth decay. Sugars found in fruit and vegetables, grains and cereals, or lactose naturally present in milk and dairy products are not included in this.

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Welcome to the latest issue of Gluten-Free Heaven. We know January can be a tough and long month financially and the purse strings may have been tightened a little, so we have your February covered with delicious midweek meals that don't cost the earth and can keep your 2019 on track. We also look at how to perfect your pasty skills, delve into food alchemy, learn how to eliminate free sugars from your diet, and discover that those gluten dishes you may be craving for, might not be as great as you remembered them. It's February, so of course it's Valentine's Day, which means love, cuddles and of course CHOCOLATE! We have a whole host of ideas to create simple yet decadent recipes to surprise your loved ones, and a special feature on how to make that special day work for the whole family! We hope you enjoy this issue s much as we've enjoyed trying some of the recipes!