Here are 7 easy food swaps to help reduce your sugar intake

CHANCES are you know you should be eating less sugar.

You also probably know that juices, soft drinks and processed foods are packed full of the stuff.

But a new report published by consumer watchdog Choice has found that Australians could avoid consuming up to 26 teaspoons of sugar each day by simply avoiding some the foods that sneak into our daily diets.

So what are some of the simple food swaps that will help you to slash your sugar intake without you even noticing?

FRUIT YOGHURT

Fruit yoghurts can be packed with sugars. While some of that sugar content will be coming from the naturally-occurring sugar lactose, often there is also sugar added to the yoghurt. It always pays to take a quick glance at ingredients list.

Swap: Tamar Valley Greek Style Honey Yogurt = 37.3g sugars

Replace with: Tamar Valley No Added Sugar Strawberry Yoghurt = 6.7g sugar (does contain

sweetener)

Save: 30.6g or 6 teaspoons of sugar

While they're easy to grab on the go, muesli bars aren't always the healthiest choice.

While they’re easy to grab on the go, muesli bars aren’t always the healthiest choice.Source:Getty Images

MUESLI BARS

While muesli bars might sound like a healthy snack option, a closer look at the ingredients list tells us otherwise. Most snack bars on the market will contain some type of added sugars, but the amounts differ considerably.

Swap: K-Time Baked Twists Strawberry & Blueberry = 13.2g sugar

Replace with: LCM Oaty Bubble Bar = 5.5g sugar

Save: 7.7g or 1.5 teaspoons of sugar

FROZEN MEALS

Frozen meals are popular, as you can gather from the ever-growing ranges in supermarkets. But despite masquerading as a quick and healthy option, in many cases the ingredient lists are almost as long as the packet itself, which gives some indication as to the amount of processing and additives in the product.

Swap: McCain Healthy Choice Apricot Chicken = 24.5g sugar

Replace with: Lean Cuisine Pots of Goodness Mexican Chipotle Chicken = 8.3g sugar

Save: 16.2g or 3 teaspoons of sugar

Many packaged soups contain lots of hidden sugars.

Many packaged soups contain lots of hidden sugars.Source:Getty Images

SOUPS

With soup season almost upon us, it may come as a surprise that your humble can of

soup can be packed full of the white stuff. Again, it always pays to check out the ingredients list.

Swap: Heinz Creamy Tomato Soup = 20.9g of sugars

Replace with: La Zuppa Kale, Quinoa and Vegetable Soup = 2.9g sugars

Save: 18g or 4 teaspoons of sugar

BREAKFAST BISCUITS

The word “biscuit” should basically give it away. Marketed as a “healthy” breakfast option, it could be argued that breakfast biscuits should remain in the “treat” category, as opposed to a nutritious daily breakfast option.

Swap: Belvita Breakfast Biscuits (per 4) = 11g sugars

Replace with: Slice of toast with nut spread = 1g sugars

Save: 10g or 2 teaspoons of sugar

Many packaged mueslis are packed full of added sugars, often from honey and dried fruit.

Many packaged mueslis are packed full of added sugars, often from honey and dried fruit.Source:Getty Images

MUESLI

The word “muesli” is synonymous with “healthy”, but again the ingredient lists can also reveal the added sugars — no matter how healthy the packaging looks

Swap: Woolworths Select Berry Bircher = 12.5g sugar

Replace with: Carman’s Fruit Free Muesli = 3.4g sugar

Save: 9.1g sugar or 2 teaspoons of sugar

SAUCES

Often we forget the impact of foods we routinely add into our diet as tasty extras, like the mayonnaise, sweet chilli and stir fry sauces we use to complete a meal. Alarmingly though, packet sauces can be packed full of sugars and salts which can significantly bump up your daily calorie intake if you use them regularly.

Swap: Masterfoods Honey, Garlic and Soy Stir Fry Sauce (175g packet) = 37.1g sugar

Replace with: Masterfoods Chinese Beef Stir Fry Sauce = 10.3g sugar

Save: 26.8g sugars or 6 teaspoons of sugar

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