By Kerry Neville
Enjoying a traditional full English breakfast, on weekends or on holiday, is a treat rather than the everyday norm. It’s hard to beat such a satisfying and comforting breakfast, from eggs, toast with jam and rashers, to tomatoes, mushrooms and baked beans, all washed down with a strong cuppa.
As you might expect from such a big breakfast, all that deliciousness comes with a rather significant amount of calories and sugar. Take a look at our “Before” and “After” breakfasts:
Making a few simple swaps to stevia-sweetened foods instead of using those products sweetened with sugar or other traditional sweeteners results in some significant savings, as you’ll see below:
Sugar consumption is a health concern in the UK. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) was asked by the UK Health and Food Standard Agency to examine the evidence between carbohydrates and health outcomes. SACN recommended that energy intake be no more than five percent from free sugars (which excludes sugars in milk, fruit and vegetables). For a child aged four to six years old, this equates to 19 grams of sugar or five sugar cubes; for those 11 years and older, the limit is seven sugar cubes. (1)
In our breakfast menu, simply substituting stevia-sweetened foods in place of those sweetened with sugar (baked beans, jam, ketchup and juice) saves 200 calories and 51 grams of sugar–a 59 percent decrease in sugar! – all without sacrificing taste. Substituting stevia-sweetened foods is an easy and delicious way to make this special breakfast spread a bit more enjoyable, when you know that you’re saving calories and getting less sugar than you would otherwise.
Stevia is available as an ingredient in thousands of food and beverage products around the world, including soft drinks, teas, juices, yogurt, soymilk, baked goods, salad dressings, cereal and more. You might find stevia listed differently on nutrition labels depending on where you live. Look for stevia, stevia extract, steviol glycosides, stevia leaf extract, Reb A and other variations on ingredient statements.
Stevia leaf extract is approved in more than 100 countries around the world, and it’s safe for everyone, including pregnant and nursing women, children and people with diabetes. Foods and beverages sweetened with stevia are a safe, naturally sourced way for people to enjoy sweet food and beverages with fewer calories and less sugar, without giving up taste.
Whether you enjoy a traditional English breakfast like this or other meals, using sugar-reduced stevia-sweetened products instead of full-sugar sweetened options can make a healthful difference.
- Public Health England. 2015. Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition. SACN Carbohydrates and Health Report. 17 July, 2015. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sacn-carbohydrates-and-health-report