Whether you are in the first, second or third trimester, pregnancy cravings may strike at any time and grabbing the sweet stuff, so here are some tips on how to do sugar swapping.

Whilst snacking on a little bit of what you fancy could help to keep your cravings a bay, frequently consuming hidden sugars could have a detrimental effect on your oral health. 

Each time sugar is consumed, the teeth are under acid attack for up to one hour. This attack produces harmful acids which can increase your risk of tooth decay.

Hunt the hidden sugars

Despite growing concerns regarding our sugar consumption, the UK’s sugar knowledge is not so sweet. According to the survey one in five Britons (21%) don’t believe chocolate contains sugar and 22% think biscuits are sugar-free[i] .

Other food and drinks which survey respondents believed were free of sugar included:

  • Sweets (20%)
  • Hot chocolate (30%)
  • Fruit (40%)
  • Fizzy drinks (20%)
  • Fruit Juice (38%)

Know your labels

The survey results also showed a clear need for more clarity on labelling of products, as 54% admitted that they wanted to reduce their sugar consumption, but just one in five respondents could decipher whether a product contains it by reading ingredient labels. 80% said they don’t always check the list of ingredients before buying or eating food, and over a third of respondents (38%) said they didn’t know the difference between ‘sugar-free’ and ‘no added sugar’.

Top tips for tackling your sweet snack sins

To help you to become sugar savvy we have asked the dental experts at Denplan for their tips on swapping sweet snacks for healthy alternatives: They’ve shared 7 top tips for and have also developed a sugar swap guide that can help you identify more healthy foods and drinks to try.

  1. It sounds simple, but try to only eat or drink things you’ve made yourself so that you know exactly what’s in them
  2. Even though they contain sugary fructose, don’t avoid fruit altogether. The sugar in whole fruits is naturally-occurring in its original state, and fruit is packed with fibre
  3. However, steer clear of fruit juices and smoothies, juicing or pureeing fruits removes their beneficial fibre value
  4. The same applies to dried fruit too – although they contain a fair amount of fibre, they’re high in sugar and calories and can stick to your teeth which can cause tooth decay between meals
  5. Though they might seem healthy, pasta sauces and soups can contain sugar, make your own for a better taste and fewer calories
  6. You can still have desert and stay sugar-free! Ditch ice creams for plain yoghurt and fresh fruit
  7. Stock your desk up with vegetable sticks, hummus, nuts, cheese and plain rice cakes, so you’re not reaching for the biscuit tin at work

 


[i] A One Poll survey of 2,000 participants conducted in May 2015