Dip into some savoury sauces, and you may as well be eating straight from the sugar bowl, says dietitian Brooke Longfield.
Aspoonful of sauce may help the meal go down (in a most delightful way!), but some dipping sauces can be swimming with spoonfuls of sugar. Just one tablespoon of sauce can have more than three teaspoons of the sweet stuff, making it more than 50 per cent sugar!
Sweet Asian-style sauces (such as plum and sweet chilli) are some of the worst sugar smugglers, but even a tablespoon of tomato or barbecue sauce can be half sugar! Happily, most supermarkets stock both of these old favourites in no-added-sugar versions.
A good sauce can squeeze the most flavour out of your food, so check the ingredients list. If sugar is one of the first three, leave that sauce on the shelf, or find a brand that has no added sugar (or salt). And when you’re reading nutrition information panels, look for fewer than 15g of sugar per 100g.
To help you shop smart, we’ve chosen some popular sauces and pictured their sugar as teaspoons. Now you can work out whether your brand of choice is a dipping sauce or a sugar source!