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Sweet Tooth: Understanding Sugar and the Body with BBC Good Food

Learn the difference between good and bad sugars, how to manage cravings, as well as tasty sugar-free and low-sugar recipes.

Sweet Tooth: Understanding Sugar and the Body with BBC Good Food
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Understand how high sugar intake can impact health and wellbeing

High sugar consumption affects not only your weight but your energy and mind. However, it can be difficult to navigate the different types of sugar and how to modify your diet to reduce your intake.

On this four-week course from BBC Good Food, you’ll understand the real effects of sugar on the body, how to spot hidden sugars in the foods you buy, and how to create delicious and nutritious sugar-free and low-sugar meals.

You’ll investigate how sugar impacts your health and wellbeing, and whether it’s possible to have sugar as part of a healthy diet.

Discover the truth about natural vs artificial sweeteners

You’ll explore the difference between good and bad sugar to understand their effects as well as comparing real and artificial sweeteners.

With this knowledge, you’ll know which sugars and sugar substitutes to choose from in your diet.

Be inspired to create sugar-free and low-sugar recipes

On the course, you’ll reflect on sugar quality, quantity, and sources in everyday meals. This will help you adapt recipes to use more natural sugars or reduce sugar load altogether.

By the end of the course, you’ll have researched and collected sugar-free and low-sugar recipes that maintain taste and nutritious value.

What topics will you cover?

Sweet tooth: understanding sugar and the body with BBC Good Food explores the role of sugar in the diet and how, if needed, to reduce your sugar load in a balanced and healthy way. This course looks at how sugar is used in the body, how it affects the body and the impact of high sugar consumption on one’s health and wellbeing. You’ll learn about the different kinds of sugars and sweeteners available, which options are the healthiest; how to manage sugar cravings and how to create lower sugar recipes that still taste delicious.

You’ll also learn about:

• the difference between healthy and unhealthy sugars

• the effect of sugar on the body

• sugar substitutes: which ones to choose and which to avoid

• the difference between real and artificial sweeteners

• how to manage sugar cravings

• tips and tricks to reduce sugar load in the diet

• how to prepare low sugar and sugar free recipes

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess the difference between healthy and unhealthy sugars
  • Investigate the effect of sugar on the body
  • Classify sugar substitutes: which ones to choose and which to avoid
  • Compare the difference between real and artificial sweeteners
  • Explore ways to reduce your sugar load and prepare low-sugar and sugar-free recipes

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in reducing their sugar intake.

You may be a health enthusiast, diabetic or sugar intolerant, or looking to cook more nourishing meals for your family.

Who will you learn with?

Tracey is the Health Editor at BBC Good Food. She is a registered nutritionist, holding an MSc in Personalised Nutrition and further qualifications in Psychology & Philosophy. Follow her @traceyraye

I am the group managing editor at BBC Good Food and olive. I have worked extensively in food media in London and Sydney and have taught food writing at City University and Leith's.

Anna is a recipe writer and food editor, and loves whipping up new creations with well-known ingredient to create easily accessible recipes that everyone can make.

Who developed the course?

BBC Good Food

BBC Good Food is the no 1. food media brand in the UK comprising the monthly food magazine launched in 1987, leading food website, and bi-annual BBC Good Food Shows.

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Gain the skills to prepare healthy, balanced, and delicious meals for special dietary needs including vegan and food allergens.

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