We are all becoming increasingly aware of the negative impacts eating too much sugar can have on our health; such as tooth decay, weight gain, diabetes and playing havoc with our gut. NHS England states that adults should have no more than 30g of sugar a day, roughly equivalent to 7 sugar cubes, and children aged 7-10 should have no more than 24g, 6 sugar cubes. However, Active Nation has found that children and teenagers on average are still consuming nearly three times more added sugar than they should be, that equates to a massive 20 sugar cubes per day! Added sugar can sneak into our diets in many ways; fizzy drinks, snacks, alcohol and even our favourite breakfast cereals!
To discover more about sugar, read our 'The Sweet Truth' blog post by Josie Wareing. It's a great read and gives a detailed, nutritionist guide to sugar; what it is, where it is and how to best manage your diet from a sugar perspective.
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and for good reason. Breakfast sets us up for the day ahead by replenishing our supply of glucose to boost our energy levels and alertness, whilst also providing other essential nutrients required for overall good health. However, when you’re standing in the supermarket cereal aisle, it can sometimes feel impossible to find low-sugar alternatives. The shelves are stacked with brightly coloured boxes which are stuffed full with added sugar. It may feel difficult to avoid these high sugar brands, which is where we come in! We have compiled a list of low-sugar breakfast alternatives for your everyday favourites which can help form part of a healthy, balanced diet.
Whether you enjoy a drizzle of honey in your breakfast bowl or brew, dollop or spread some onto your toast in the morning, honey is a family breakfast favourite. Honey can be seen as a healthier option for satisfying your sweet tooth, as it only contains around 9% sucrose and smaller amounts of some other simple carbohydrates. However, having too much honey can lead to spikes in blood sugar and weight gain.
Troo Spoonful of Fibre Inulin Syrup is a great alternative for honey as it only contains 1.1g of sugar per 12g serving! This is because Troo Syrup is made from Chicory Root Fibre which only contains naturally occurring sugars, meaning half the calories of sugar and a delicate sweetness with no aftertaste. EXTRA GOODNESS INCLUDES: 65% fibre, low GI and vegan friendly!
This one is for all the chocolate lovers out there! Chocolate spread is a guilty pleasure and first choice for many of us in the morning. However, did you know that our favourite chocolate spread contains a staggering 56.3g of sugar per 100g!
Don't fear! We have a chocolate spread alternative with just 1.1g of sugar per serving! Troo Chocolate Spoonful of Fibre is just like our original Inulin Syrup, with added Cocoa Powder to keep your chocolate cravings at bay! Our Chocolate Syrup is great for drizzling over pancakes, toast or a bowl of porridge, but can also be used on top of ice cream for a quick dessert or in baking as a substitute for syrup or sugar.
Troo's Gut Healthy Range of Granola are all gluten free, high in fibre and of course, low in sugar! We use our trusty Chicory Root Fibre to sweeten our Granola. It's adds the perfect amount of natural sweetness, allowing the flavours of the roasty, toasty oats, nuts and seeds to shine through. Traditionally, fruit-based Granola is very high in sugar, 7.7g per serving for some brands! But not Troo! Each portion of Troo Boost Granola contains just 2.2g sugar!
We offer a range of Granola flavours to suit everyones' taste buds, including our Chocolate with Orange Granola which contains only 1.1g of sugar per serving, compared to supermarket favourites which contain a whopping 9.5g!
The British Heart Foundation ranks Porridge as their top choice for a heart healthy breakfast and we completely agree! Nothing beats a nice warm bowl of Porridge to keep you full and energised until lunchtime. Although Porridge is usually seen as a healthy breakfast option, you have to be careful as some brands are packed with sugar and should be avoided!
Just like Troo Granola, our range of Troo Porridge contains no added sugar and is naturally and delicately sweetened with Troo Energise Porridge contains just 1.9g of sugar per serving and is perfect for those of us who fancy a chocolate fix in the morning. Our Troo Happy Porridge is even lower in sugar, with only 1.6g per serving, with warm, comforting cinnamon to fill you with natural joy and positivity for the day ahead.Root Fibre.
These simple swaps alone could have a huge impact on the amount of sugar you consume on a daily basis, even the amount of sugar we consume before we complete our morning routines! This can positively affect our overall health; reducing the chances of tooth decay, weight gain, diabetes and heart disease.