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Sugar vs Fat

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The truth about sugar and fat

Sugar and fat both have a place in a well-balanced diet. There are natural sugars found in fruit and vegetables, and healthier types of fats. But then there are also ‘free’ sugars – ones added to food and drink while they’re made – and saturated fats, which usually come from animal products. Too much of these can lead to serious health problems, including heart disease.

We’ve gathered up a wealth of tips and information to help you get the balance right in your diet.

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Fighting the fat

Do you understand which fats to cut down on? Saturated fats and trans fats are the main ones. Certain types of unsaturated fat can actually be quite good for us. One example of an essential fatty acid is omega-3, which is found in oily fish, nuts and olive oil.

Click on the link below to see the full infographic and some examples of the different types of fats.

Sugar swap inspiration

Do you understand which fats to cut down on? Saturated fats and trans fats are the main ones. Certain types of unsaturated fat can actually be quite good for us. One example of an essential fatty acid is omega-3, which is found in oily fish, nuts and olive oil.

Get the facts about fats

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Do fad diets work?

In your quest to cut back on sugar and fat, you may consider one of the popular fad diets which seem to be all the rage. But which ones are actually worthwhile? And what’s the science behind them? Read this expert guidance from Bupa dietitian, Rachel Eden, to find out more.

Being balanced

And finally, try to eat the right proportion of foods from the major groups in the image below to give your body all it needs to stay healthy.

An image showing the recommended balance of the five major food groups

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