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.