Processed/tinned and packaged foods are more likely to contain added sugar.
Some of the sweeteners which can cause decay are:
Sugar, Sucrose, Fructose, Glucose, Maltose, Dextrose, Hydrolysed Starch, Corn Syrup, Golden Syrup, Brown Sugar, Honey, Treacle, Concentrated Fruit Juice.
Some of the sweeteners that do not cause tooth decay are:
Hydrogenated glucose syrup, Lycasin, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Isomalt, Saccharin, Aspartame, Nutrasweet, Acesulfame, Thaumatin, Cyclamate.
|Suggestions for Sugar Free Snacks|
|Sugar free jelly|
|ASDA wholemeal pitta breads|
|Plain unsalted nuts|
|Jacobs cream crackers|
|The 'food doctor' multi seed and cereal pittas|
|Cooked meats (processed meats often have sugar added)|
|Whole Earth peanut butter/Sun Pat no added sugar peanut butter|
The examples above have been checked to have no sugar content. Some manufacturers may add sugar to their products or there may be a difference in ‘ranges’ so please check before purchasing even if the product looks the same.
Only give a small snack between meals to control any hunger- giving too much may mean some of the next main meal is not eaten and can result in essential nutrients being missed from the diet. Wherever possible choose nutritious snacks.
‘Safe’ drinks between meals are milk, water, and tea or coffee (with no sugar)