TIP #3: Choose the right sweeteners
Sugar is often replaced by low-calorie sweeteners in the "sugar-free" or "no added sugar" versions of products (drinks, desserts, "diet" fizzy drinks). They do a great job of sweetening things because their sugary flavour is around 200 times stronger than that of sugar.
The amount of sweeteners in our food has grown hugely in recent years, both visibly and invisibly. Food manufacturers are increasingly incorporating them into cereals, biscuits, cakes, dairy products such as low-sugar fruit yoghurts, and even certain medicines.
Check out our article on hidden sugars.
The risk with this practice is that we remain accustomed to the taste of sugar and can't ever kick the habit.
The other problem is that there's a very wide range of sweeteners, and not all of them are better for our health. In fact, some of them disrupt the balance of our gut flora and increase our sensation of hunger, leading to digestive disorders.