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Tips to reducing sugar in your diet

Check nutrition labels to help you avoid foods high in added sugar. If sugar, glucose, honey, corn syrup, fructose, maltose or dextrose are listed, sugar has been added. If you see one of these near the top of the list, you know the product is high in added sugar.

Choose whole grain breakfast cereals that are not coated with sugar or honey. If you find it hard to get used to the new taste, try sprinkling a little bit of sugary cereal on top of your healthier option at first. Then use a little less each day.

Drink water instead of soft drinks and juice drinks. Try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water if you find it hard to give up soft drinks.

Try using half the amount of sugar you would usually use in recipes. It works for most things except jam, meringues and ice cream.

Have a slice of melon or fresh berries with low-fat plain yogurt instead of cookies for a mid-afternoon snack.

Enjoy a piece of fruit when you’re craving something sweet.

Gradually reduce the amount of sugar you take in your coffee or tea.

Limit how often you eat processed foods.