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Sweet Tooth: Understanding Sugar and the Body with BBC Good Food

BBC Good Food via FutureLearn


Understand how high sugar intake can impact health and wellbeing

High sugar consumption affects not only your weight but your energy and mind. However, it can be difficult to navigate the different types of sugar and how to modify your diet to reduce your intake.

On this four-week course from BBC Good Food, you’ll understand the real effects of sugar on the body, how to spot hidden sugars in the foods you buy, and how to create delicious and nutritious sugar-free and low-sugar meals.

You’ll investigate how sugar impacts your health and wellbeing, and whether it’s possible to have sugar as part of a healthy diet.

Discover the truth about natural vs artificial sweeteners

You’ll explore the difference between good and bad sugar to understand their effects as well as comparing real and artificial sweeteners.

With this knowledge, you’ll know which sugars and sugar substitutes to choose from in your diet.

Be inspired to create sugar-free and low-sugar recipes

On the course, you’ll reflect on sugar quality, quantity, and sources in everyday meals. This will help you adapt recipes to use more natural sugars or reduce sugar load altogether.

By the end of the course, you’ll have researched and collected sugar-free and low-sugar recipes that maintain taste and nutritious value.

This course is designed for anyone interested in reducing their sugar intake.

You may be a health enthusiast, diabetic or sugar intolerant, or looking to cook more nourishing meals for your family.

If you want to further your knowledge, you may be interested in these courses from the same provider. They cover related subjects and share the same overall learning outcomes:

  • Fibre, Fermentation & the Gut with BBC Good Food
  • Special Diets: Cooking for Allergies and Intolerances with BBC Good Food
  • Healthy Vegan Cooking with BBC Good Food


  • Sugar basics
    • Welcome to the course
    • Sugar essentials
    • Digestion and 'healthier' sugars
    • What's next?
  • Sugar and the body
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • Getting the balance right
    • Sugar and the brain
    • Wrapping up Week 2
  • Sugar substitutes
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • What’s the natural alternative?
    • Synthetic substitutes
    • Week 3 wrap up
  • Take it to the kitchen
    • Welcome to Week 4
    • Cooking and baking with sugar
    • Replacing sugar
    • What's next?

Taught by

Tracey Raye


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