Avoid sneaky sugars and stay on track for a healthy pregnancy diet

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It's always the ones you least expect. Luckily we've got some sweet alternatives

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There are some foods that we all know are high in sugar - fizzy drinks, squash, cakes, chocolate and sweets are all the main culprits when it comes to indulging a sweet tooth.

You might be surprised that other more innocent looking foods, or foods that you consider to be a healthy option, are actually just as high in sugar.

Foods like cereal bars, dried fruit, baked beans, sweetened fruit juice or juice from concentrate, milk shakes, smoothies and flavoured water can all contain lots of unexpected sugar.

Remember to check labels and packaging for the fat, salt and sugar content so you can make healthier choices for you and your family when shopping.

We've also come up with a list of healthier go-to foods for when you fancy something sweet.

Healthy foods for cutting out sugar


  • Fresh fruit - buy what's in season as it's cheaper and often tastier

  • Low fat yoghurt - make sure it's natural or unsweetened, you can even add fruit to make a yummy snack or dessert

  • Frozen yoghurt - a great healthy alternative to ice cream and just as tasty! Just make sure it's unsweetened!

  • Frozen fruit - an icy treat. It's even handier, as you can use what you need and put it back in the freezer!

  • Rice pudding or porridge - both cheap store cupboard foods and a great way to incorporate whole grains into your diet

  • Baked fruit - try putting apples, pears and rhubarb into a dish and baking them for about 30 mins. Serve with low fat yoghurt for a delicious dessert

  • Stewed fruit:- heat up some fruit in a saucepan with a little water or squeezed orange juice, but don't add sugar. You can use this to top porridge or rice pudding

  • Bread rolls or toasted bread, bagels, potato cakes or rice cakes

  • Dry cereal without added sugar

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life

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