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Ideas to help you ditch your sugar habit.

THE fact sugar's not good for you isn't exactly news - you've probably tried cutting down at some point.

THE fact sugar's not good for you isn't exactly news - you've probably tried cutting down at some point.

But according to the NHS, the average person in Britain consumes 700g of sugar a week - that's a shocking 140 teaspoons.

But according to the NHS, the average person in Britain consumes 700g of sugar a week - that's a shocking 140 teaspoons.

Cutting down on sugar isn't just about losing a few pounds - it can help improve your mood and prevent more serious conditions, such as diabetes.

Cutting down on sugar isn't just about losing a few pounds - it can help improve your mood and prevent more serious conditions, such as diabetes.

"The less sugar you have and the less often, the more stable your blood-sugar levels become," says nutritionist Zoe Harcombe.

"The less sugar you have and the less often, the more stable your blood-sugar levels become," says nutritionist Zoe Harcombe.

"This in turn means you lose the sugar highs and depressing sugar lows, giving you a more stable mood."

"This in turn means you lose the sugar highs and depressing sugar lows, giving you a more stable mood."

Understanding how your body processes these sugars is important in making the change.

Understanding how your body processes these sugars is important in making the change.

Once in your system, the sugar molecules Once in your system, the sugar molecules latch on to natural body fats and proteins - a process known as glycation - which causes cell fibres to become stiff and even alter, and in turn can lead to tissue damage.

latch on to natural body fats and proteins - a process known as glycation - which causes cell fibres to become stiff and even alter, and in turn can lead to tissue damage.

It's this process that dermatologists say causes wrinkles - because the natural collagen and elastin in your skin are altered.

It's this process that dermatologists say causes wrinkles - because the natural collagen and elastin in your skin are altered.

Other more serious and long-term effects could include diabetes, cataracts and even Other more serious and long-term effects could include diabetes, cataracts and even Alzheimer's. Harcombe says: "It's important to understand sugar is the only substance we consume with no nutritional value.

Alzheimer's. Harcombe says: "It's important to understand sugar is the only substance we consume with no nutritional value.

"After quitting cigs, ditching or slashing sugar is the best thing you can do for your health."

"After quitting cigs, ditching or slashing sugar is the best thing you can do for your health."

For nutritional advice and tips on how to brave the low-sugar lifestyle, visit zoeharcombe.com For nutritional advice and tips on how to brave the low-sugar lifestyle, visit zoeharcombe.com SWEET SWAPSIES Ditch your sugar habits with our handy tips: | Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate.

SWEET SWAPSIES Ditch your sugar habits with our handy tips: | Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate.

Did you know 100g of milk chocolate contains 50g of sugar, while 100g of 70 per cent cocoa dark chocolate has 29g of sugar? So save 21g.

So save 21g.

| Have eggs instead of muesli.

| Have eggs instead of muesli.

This would save you about 26g before you This would save you about 26g before you even leave the house for work in the morning.

even leave the house for work in the morning.

| Strawberries instead of a banana.

| Strawberries instead of a banana.

Strawberries have just 5g of sugar per 100g while bananas contain more than double, at 12g per 100g.

Strawberries have just 5g of sugar per 100g while bananas contain more than double, at 12g per 100g.

| Crave an oatcake rather than biscuits.

| Crave an oatcake rather than biscuits.

With less than 1g of sugar per 100g, oatcakes are better for you than the 25g in HobNobs.

With less than 1g of sugar per 100g, oatcakes are better for you than the 25g in HobNobs.
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