As we approach the Christmas period there are so many things to look forward to, some well deserved time off, time with family or when you know you have completely aced the present giving this year! Like most people we are also looking forward to sampling all the delicious Christmas food (and drinks) which is available this time of year. Obviously most of these things are a little harsh on the waistline but everything in moderation hey!
But…. We wouldn’t be doing our job here at DD if we didn’t point out that there are actually quite a lot of hidden sugars in our Christmas favourites. So we have created this blog to just give you a gentle reminder of this so you can be mindful not just of the impact on your waistline but also your oral health too!
Cranberry sauce- really?? Isn’t that just fruit? Well yes but the pre packed sauce we buy in the shops can have as much as 4.1g per serving of sugar in it! A more healthy alternative would be to make your own and use a sugar alternative.
Stuffing- Yes really!!! Shop brought stuffing can contain as much sugar as Cranberry sauce (see above)per serving. This is a firm favourite at our table all year round so is definitely a surprising one!
Honey glazed vegetable- Before you pile your plate high with honey glazed parsnips etc just be mindful a serving can contain a fifth of your daily sugar intake.
Mulled wine- Probably not such a surprising entry here! But what we did find surprising is that it has approx. 3.5 spoonfuls of sugar in PER GLASS!! So definitely indulge in this one but might be wise to keep to one glass and then change to a less sugary drink such as gin and slimline tonic.
Christmas pudding- Again not too surprising but at over 5 spoonfuls of sugar per serving we were definitely shocked at just how sugary this dessert was!
So there you go, a little guide to your hidden sugars this Christmas- good to know and then you can decide and look at where you can cut down without sacrificing the quality streets!