Could the jam on your toast and cup of tea with two sugars be poisoning you?

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If you take sugar with your tea or put it on breakfast cereal, think on – you may be ingesting a poison.

A new report claims sugar is a toxin and not just because of those empty calories that cause weight gain.

Scientists who took a new look at the mounting scientific evidence on sugar say that at the levels consumed by most people, sugar can change metabolic rates, raise blood pressure, critically alter the signalling of hormones and causes significant damage to your liver.

NHS Choices says that for a healthy balanced diet, many people need to cut down on food and drink containing added sugar and has these helpful tips:

· Instead of sugary fizzy drinks and juices, try water or unsweetened fruit juice.

· Dilute fruit juice for children to further reduce sugar.

· For fizzy drinks, dilute fruit juice with sparkling water.

· Swap cakes or biscuits for a currant bun, scone or malt loaf.

· If you take sugar in hot drinks, or add sugar to breakfast cereal, gradually reduce the amount until you cut it out completely.

· Instead of jam or sugary preserves on toast, try sliced banana or low-fat cream cheese.

· Check labels to pick foods with less added sugar, or go for low-sugar varieties.

· Try halving the sugar used in recipes – it works for most things except jam, meringues and ice cream.

· Choose tins of fruit in juice rather than syrup.

· Choose wholegrain breakfast cereals, but not those coated with sugar or honey.