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Healthwashing: 5 weasel words food companies use to fool you

Posted on May 07, 2019
A mother walks her children home from school. She’s worrying about their nutritional needs. We know this because we can hear her thoughts. “They had...

Take action to cut down on added sugar

Posted on April 16, 2019
You’ve made the decision to cut down on added sugar. But what next?

How much sugar is in your Easter egg?

Posted on April 03, 2019
Ever wondered how much sugar is in some of our most popular Easter eggs? Health charity SugarByHalf have done the maths, in teaspoons, and some...

6 sugar-free ways to enjoy Easter

Posted on April 01, 2019
  Easter these days has become the festival of rabbits and chocolate. It’s celebrated with a long weekend down the beach, while kids consume sick-making...

Weighing In: New report highlights Australia's obesity problem

Posted on March 27, 2019
A new report from by the Collective for Action on Obesity shows that obesity is a growing problem for Australia. We must take urgent preventative...

Why Big Sugar is the new Big Tobacco

Posted on February 22, 2019
We’re all familiar with the textbook baddies of Big Tobacco. Back in the 1980s they were everywhere, using their dodgy tactics to fight the challenge...

Slaying the tiger: Why we need to take on the advertising industry

Posted on February 07, 2019
In the UK, a politician has said the unsayable. He’s attacking a cute cartoon tiger who has smiled at generations of kids.  

Soft drinks pledge 20% sugar reduction - but what does it actually mean?

Posted on June 25, 2018
At a stage managed press conference in Canberra on Monday, Australian soft drinks said they were going on a health kick. They claimed they would...

How much sugar is in your Easter egg?

Posted on March 20, 2018
Ever wondered how much sugar is in some of our most popular Easter eggs? Health charity SugarByHalf have done the maths, in teaspoons, and some...

When grandparents feed your kids sugar

Posted on January 04, 2018
It’s a common conundrum – unhealthy treats for kids are how some grandparents show their love.  

6 sugarfree Halloween treats

Posted on October 24, 2017
It's almost Halloween, and the scariest thing out there is...sugar!  

Shane Watson: Let's hit sugar for six

Posted on August 13, 2017
    Becoming a dad three years ago was the best day of my life. Nothing is more important to me than my kids. But...

Cut the sugar to protect young teeth

Posted on August 11, 2017
Everyone loves to see their kids smile, but think how much more you’ll like it if you know their teeth are in good shape. Sadly,...

What is natural sugar?

Posted on August 09, 2017
Australians eat an average 22 kilograms of sugar per year! We don't advocate that everyone needs to completely quit or remove sugar but we do...

Why sugar is a men's health issue

Posted on August 03, 2017
The Sugardemic affects Aussie men even more than women. With men more likely to be overweight or obese, and men of 55 more likely to...

Research shows benefits of sugary drinks tax for low income Australians

Posted on July 30, 2017
  New research from Deakin University’s Global Obesity Centre shows that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would benefit low income Australians.

The lunchbox dirty dozen

Posted on July 25, 2017
Creating healthy lunchboxes for your kids is an ongoing challenge. There’s so much advice around that it can be confusing to know what’s best.

George Calombaris' Hortopita recipe

Posted on June 20, 2017
  Thanks to chef and restaurateur George Calombaris for sharing his secrets to making an easy and tasty greens pie.

I was pre-diabetic before cutting sugar

Posted on June 19, 2017
In October 2015 when undergoing a normal annual medical check-up, my blood tests came back normal except for the fasting blood sugar levels – my...

How much sugar is in your iced coffee?

Posted on May 27, 2017
Imagine ordering yourself a coffee and then adding a teaspoon of sugar...and another...and another...and another...and another...and another...  

Do you have sugar face?

Posted on May 18, 2017
Does your sugar intake show on your face?

5 tips to survive sugar withdrawal

Posted on May 16, 2017
It’s no secret that the effect of sugar on our bodies is similar to many drugs of addiction, provoking a cycle of cravings and relief. So if...

How to spot added sugar

Posted on May 01, 2017
Spotting added sugar in the food we buy should be easy, right? Just read the label. Actually, it is very tricky indeed. That’s because food...

Would you like water with that?

Posted on April 09, 2017
A parents' group says fast food outlets should offer water - not soft drink or juice - with every meal.

How I cut sugar to get fighting fit

Posted on March 25, 2017
Adrian cut sugar to lose weight, help his body recover from gruelling surgeries - and get back to the martial arts he loves. 

Sugar facts: 19 handy books

Posted on March 07, 2017
  Get the in-depth information on sugar with this handy reading guide:

Allergies: nut-free low sugar lunchbox ideas

Posted on February 10, 2017
Many children across Australia suffer from allergies to foods including nuts, eggs, and many others. Anaphylactic reactions can be fatal, while a host of other reactions of varying severity...

Nut-free bliss balls

Posted on February 10, 2017
Allergy-friendly school snacks and in between meal times can be challenging. SugarByHalf ambassador Keren Slutzkin suggests keeping some bliss balls in the fridge for something...

Sugar facts: Top 10 YouTube videos

Posted on February 08, 2017
Learn some startling facts about sugar and its effects on your body. 

4 Ways A Low Sugar Lunchbox Will Help Your Child At School

Posted on January 31, 2017
With school just around the corner, school lunches are on every parent’s mind.  So what exactly could a low sugar lunchbox do for your child?...

Your 5 second school lunch shopping guide

Posted on January 21, 2017
Back to school means back to shopping for school lunches.  

Sugar in the media

Posted on January 12, 2017
There's a lot of talk about sugar these days. We've pulled together a summary of some of the best media mentions on the topic for...

How much added sugar is in your breakfast?

Posted on January 06, 2017
By the time many of us finish breakfast we’ve eaten more added sugar than the recommended daily limit! Remember, the World Health Organisation recommends 6...

Low sugar New Year's resolution #2: Eat real food

Posted on December 29, 2016
The best thing you can do for your body is to eat nutritious food. A proper diet will go a long way towards reducing sugar...

Low sugar New Year's resolution #1: Drink less sugar

Posted on December 26, 2016
It's the time of year when we make New Year's resolutions in the hope of enjoying a better life by changing our habits. So what’s...

Butterflied prawns with peanut-lime sauce

Posted on December 20, 2016
Prawns are an Aussie classic for Christmas Day, and these are a delicious and easy starter. The sauce is a perfect #sugarswap for sugary store-bought...

Mocha Coconut Bites

Posted on December 14, 2016
These little balls of deliciousness are a great snack when you are craving some sweetness. They taste naughty but we promise they are only nice!...

Raspberry Fizz

Posted on December 13, 2016
This delicious Raspberry Fizz makes a perfect #sugarswap for punch, champagne, or soft drink.

Christmas Snowball Bites recipe

Posted on December 12, 2016
#Sugarswap chocolates for these delicious snowball bites.

Strawberry Santas

Posted on December 02, 2016
This Christmas, swap chocolate Santas for Strawberry Santas!

SugarByHalf LIVE on Facebook

Posted on December 02, 2016
SugarByHalf teamed up with Facebook and their new Facebook Live tool to create a series of videos.

World Diabetes Day

Posted on November 14, 2016
What do you know about diabetes? Most of us know surprisingly little about this disease, even though it affects millions of Australians. November 14 is World...

Matthew Hopcraft's Minestrone

Posted on November 02, 2016
A great low sugar family dinner recipe from dentist and father Matthew Hopcraft.

SugarByHalf on Facebook Live

Posted on November 01, 2016
UPDATE: We teamed up with Facebook and their new tool Facebook Live to bring you a free, live broadcast on 30 November. If you were...

The scariest thing about Halloween? Too much sugar!

Posted on October 28, 2016
  With Halloween just around the corner, the scary season is well and truly upon us. As your kids get excited about costumes, pumpkins and...

Meet the Switch Witch

Posted on October 27, 2016
  You already know Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. Now meet the Switch Witch.  Like Santa and the Easter Bunny, the Switch...

I'm fitter and friends say I look younger

Posted on October 07, 2016
    There is no doubt we all eat too much sugar. Since I reduced my sugar consumption 10 years ago I’ve never been fitter,...

Less sugar for kids, say leading US heart doctors

Posted on October 06, 2016
Leading US heart doctors say children and teenagers should consume no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugars a day.

How I cut back on sugar

Posted on August 22, 2016
  Tania is a mother of two and a member the SugarByHalf team. Here she tells how she broke some old habits over time, how...

Dentists on sugar

Posted on August 10, 2016
Open up…say ‘aaaah’ – and check out what these dentists have to say about sugar’s effects on our kids’ dental health.

Low-sugar tips for flying

Posted on August 02, 2016
As any parent knows, travelling by plane with kids is already one of life’s big challenges. In between managing loo trips or nappy changes, calming...

How reducing added sugar has helped me

Posted on August 01, 2016
  I have a family history of heart disease so a healthy lifestyle has been a high priority for me. When I retired I considered...

6 surprising ways to cut your sugar intake in half

Posted on July 09, 2016
I Quit Sugar's Marie Antoinette Issa shares her top tips to halve your sugar intake, with some simple swaps.

I transformed my health

Posted on June 30, 2016
  In 2012 I turned 60, the age my late father was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. At the time I thought I was reasonably...

WATCH: Why we can't stop eating unhealthy foods

Posted on June 26, 2016
Laura A. Schmidt is a UCSF Professor and one of the Sugar Scientists at www.sugarscience.org  In this TedMed talk she asks when you live in...

Beat bugs by cutting sugar

Posted on June 23, 2016
  It’s a winter morning. The alarm goes off and you’re instantly rushing to get the kids fed and dressed. You’re making lunches, and packing...

Top tooth tips from a dental expert

Posted on June 22, 2016
  Clinical Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft is a dental public health expert and SugarByHalf's advisor on tooth decay. He's collated his top tips on keeping your teeth in...

How much sugar is too much?

Posted on June 14, 2016
SugarByHalf aims to reduce by half the average amount of added sugars consumed daily by Australians.

How much sugar is too much?

Posted on June 14, 2016
Eating too much added sugar over time is linked to serious health problems, including obesity, tooth decay and chronic diseases such as Heart Disease, Type...

Scientific Resources

Posted on January 28, 2016
Sugar consumption is one of the largest and most preventable contributors to obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease. We’ve collated some of the key...