Want to cut down on your sugar?

If you want to cut down, there's plenty of advice on the Police Mutual Foundation Wellbeing Zone.

The average person consumes about 700g of sugar a week - that's 140 teaspoons! All of this unnecessary sugar leads to ever-expanding waistlines and tooth decay.

A large chunk of the added sugar in our diet comes from sweet treats such as chocolate but you'd be amazed at how much sugar is lurking in our food - even food that doesn't taste sweet. 

Foods high in added sugar, such as fizzy drinks, contain lots of calories but few other nutrients. In fact, up to 27% of the added sugar in our daily diet comes from table sugar, jams, chocolate and sweets.

Recent guidelines suggest added sugars shouldn't make up more than 5% of the energy (calorie intake) you get from food and drink each day. That's about 35g formen and 25g for women. A 330ml can of Coca-Cola has 35g of sugar, which is 10g over the guideline for women.

Nutrition labels tell you how much sugar a food contains. If the total sugar content is over 22.5g per 100g, it's high in sugar; and under 5g of total sugar per 100g it's low.

Identify the sources of sugar in your diet - decide what to cut out completely and what to cut down on.

For more hints and tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle, visit the Police Mutual Foundation Wellbeing Zone. New users should check with their HR department to find out their force-specific login and organisation code.