Healthy sugar substitutes: How to cut the sugar in your food

From agave nectar to cinnamon, we've rounded up some of the best ways to replace that teaspoon of sugar in your tea, sprinkling on your porridge or heap in your favourite bake...
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  • If you're trying to cut down the amount of white sugar that you have in your diet, a sugar substitute is a great place to start.

    From sweeteners to naturally sweet ingredients, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to replace that teaspoon of white sugar in your tea, sprinkling on your porridge or heap in your favourite bake.

    Recent research has shown that most adults and children in the UK eat too much sugar. It’s acceptable to have a sweet treat every now but you’d be surprised how much sugar is in your diet – that’s where sugar substitutes come in handy.

    You might not want to give up the sweetness that comes with a little added so you can swap it for something a little healthier instead.

    Scroll to see all of our healthy sugar substitutes…

    Agave nectar

    agave nectar

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    Better than white sugar because: It’s made up of 90% concentrated fructose, a sugar that occurs naturally in fruit, which pretty much means you get the same sugars from it as you would eating a piece of fruit.

    What recipes to use it in: Drizzle over your porridge or muesli in the mornings. Our Bircher muesli recipe is the perfect example of how it makes a tasty change from sugar. Agave nectar is similar to honey and can be added to hot drinks as a sweetener.

    When it comes to baking you can swap half the amount of sugar in your recipe for agave nectar instead. Try doing this with our classic Victoria sponge recipe.