Sweet Sugar is 2014’s bogeyman, having been blamed by leading doctors and experts as being the main driver behind diabetes, heart disease and rising levels of obesity.

Although discussion is underway as to how damaging it can be and what are acceptable levels of sugar intake, here are 12 helpful steps from nutritional therapist Cassandra Burns from Nutri Centre.

Portion control

Aim for foods that have a low glycaemic load, as their impact on blood sugar level is minimal and you’ll be less likely to experience blood glucose highs and lows that will have you reaching for the cookie jar. Make sure each meal includes protein, non-starchy vegetables and unrefined carbohydrates.Limit sweet tasting veg (parsnips, potato and carrots) and opt for green veg like broccoli and spinach, ideally making up half your plate. Good protein (lean turkey, eggs, fish, beans) are digested slowly and make you feel fuller for longer, carbs should be wholegrain varieties for the same reason.

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