Tracking how much sugar you consume is vital if you want to stay healthy. Consuming too much sugar can increase heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and inflammation among others.
The problem is, most people aren’t aware of the detrimental side effects of sugar and aren’t aware of the amounts of hidden sugars they consume. Another problem is knowing how to keep track of your sugar consumption. It takes a lot of effort to read food labels and to calculate all the sugar we consume, so most of us quit after a few days.
Luckily, there’s an app for that!
That Sugar App
One of the most popular apps in Australia is That Sugar App, which was created by the same people who produced That Sugar Film. This film, hailed by Jamie Oliver himself, is about one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. In the film, Damon Gameau, an actor and director, documents the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body by consuming only foods that are commonly perceived, or promoted to be, healthy.
It’s a riveting film, and according to the That Sugar Movement website, “almost 60% of individuals were motivated to reduce their added sugar intake after watching That Sugar Film.”
Check out the trailer here:
Sans Sugar App
The only problem with this app is the fact that it is not available in South Africa just yet, so we went on a mission to find the perfect substitute. We came across an app called, Sans Sugar which helps you track your daily sugar intake by means of a quick barcode scan. So no more reading labels and calculating it yourself, just scan your item’s barcode and the app does the rest! Sounds great, right? Well, it is!
The app’s user-friendly design makes it easy to track and check your sugar quota for the day. It also allows you to manually add items.
When you first use the app, it asks you to input the basics like your gender, height, weight, and age, and then you’re good to go! It’s a really great app to use to get a basic idea of how much sugar you should consume within a day and how much you actually do consume.
However, it is important to note that the app is to be used for educational purposes only and should not be treated as a substitute for professional medical advice.
Download the app HERE: