Are you trying to reduce the amount of fat and sugar in your diet? You might want to switch on the new Low Fat and Low Sugar diet options on the Spoon Guru app.
There’s been a lot of emphasis on healthy eating over the last few years. The UK government have recently created new guidelines around the amount, and types, of fat and sugar we can eat to help us maintain a healthy diet.
Fat, especially saturated fat, has long been considered one of the bad boys of nutrition. With more information and awareness around the links between fats, cholesterol, and heart disease, it’s no wonder there are so many ‘light’ and ‘reduced-fat’ options becoming available on our supermarket shelves. However, this can at times be a little confusing as ‘reduced fat’ products may not necessarily be ‘Low Fat’. Creamed cheese, for example, is indeed ‘reduced fat’ at 6% fat (regular cream cheese is 34%), but this still places it in the ‘Medium Fat’ range according to government guidelines.
If you thought fat was confusing, sugar can be even more so. It’s currently recommended that adults eat no more than 30g of sugar a day – this is the equivalent of 7 teaspoons. Children, of course, should be eating even less than this – no more than 19g (5 teaspoons) for kids aged 4 – 6, and 24g (6 teaspoons) for 7 – 10 year olds. And while you may not eat or drink a lot of sweet things, you’d be surprised at how much of the sweet stuff can sneak into your ‘healthy’ meals.
This is where we can help. Using guidelines set out by the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health, we’ve added a filter to our database to help you find the best ‘Low Fat’ and ‘Low Sugar’ products and recipes.
So what exactly does ‘Low Fat’ and ‘Low Sugar’ mean? In other words, how low is low?
When you select the Low Sugar Diet option on the Spoon Guru app, your search results will show only products and recipes that have 5g or less of sugar per 100g. The Low Fat Diet option will give you products and recipes that have 3g or less of fat per 100g.
If you’d like more information on the UK guidelines around sugar and fat, check out our infographic below. For a more detailed breakdown, the following NHS pages have some excellent tips and information: