Sugar is in just about every food we eat, nowadays. Even the snacks and meals you may consider to be healthy are often loaded with more sweetness than you ever thought possible.

Too much sugar in your diet can have seriously detrimental effects on you. For a start, it’s highly damaging to your teeth, causing decay and cavities. However, it also causes health problems such as weight gain, an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as problems with your skin. These issues can then impact the premiums you have to pay on your health insurance policy.

Try to avoid sugary foods as best you can, ensuring you chew some sugar-free gum after each sugar attack, to keep your teeth clean. It’s also important you take plenty of exercise.

Bread

It’s already widely known that white bread is full of sugar, but it’s less reported that all types of bread are actually loaded with it. Multigrain and wheat bread may be healthier and full of fibre, but that’s not lowering their sugar contents. Bread instantly turns to sugar once it starts being digested, which is why so many people cut it out of their diets, altogether.

Cereal

Even the likes of Alpen and Fruit and Fibre are very sugar-heavy. It’s obvious that the likes of Frosties and Cookie Crisp will be bad for you, the sad truth is that muesli and other ‘healthy’ cereals are also packed full of sugar.

Always read the sugar contents on the side of the box before purchasing cereal if you are conscious of cutting down on your sugar intake.

Baked beans

One of the most-bought tinned foods in Britain, baked beans, like bread is also high in fibre. However, they are also high in sugar, as well as a whole range of colourants and additives. It’s advised to explore other beans, or even make your own using plain beans and tomato sauce; this can prove cheaper and significantly healthier.

Smoothies

Fruit is naturally high in sugar, but when you are actually eating the fruit itself, it’s known as ‘good sugar’ – apples have actually been shown to clean your teeth. Nonetheless, when the juice is extracted and combined into a smoothie, this fruit sugar becomes pure sugar. Don’t be fooled by the smoothie companies; healthy acids they may be, but that won’t do your teeth any good.

Yoghurt

A fast breakfast for millions, yoghurt is very high up on the sugars list. While plain yoghurt contains natural sugars, it’s the flavoured and fruit yoghurts which are the real offenders. These yoghurts incorporate added sugar to make them sweeter and more flavoursome; in turn, making them extremely sugary.

This should not be construed as advice and is for informational purposes, only.