Tesco To Remove Sweets And Chocolate From Checkouts By End Of Year

Even if you managed to stay good throughout your supermarket shop, the gamut of sugary sweets and chocolates while queuing to pay is enough to wobble the resolve of even the strictest dieter. It’s also the section most likely to drive your kids mad with temptation.

In what the supermarket claims is an industry first, Tesco is to remove sweets and chocolate from checkouts across the full range of its stores by the end of the year.

About time, we say.

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The move follows research by the supermarket giant that found nearly two thirds (65%) of customers said removing confectionery from checkouts would help them make healthier choices.

Just over two thirds of parents (67%) told Tesco that confectionery-free checkouts would help them make healthier choices for their children.

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A spokesman said confectionery would also be removed from areas adjacent to the tills – for example racks of sweets at children’s eye level next to checkout queues.

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  • Eat Regularly

    Eat three meals and two snacks or five small meals a day. For many people, if they don’t eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sweet sugary snacks.

  • Choose Whole Foods

    The closer a food is to its original form, the less processed sugar it will contain. Food in its natural form, including fruits and vegetables, usually presents no metabolic problems for a normal body, especially when consumed in variety.

  • Have A Breakfast Of Protein, Fat And Phytonutrients

    <a href=”http://goop.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=b7f2a5506a4a9de2d9bbf13de&id=2f7d152ccb&e=4c9ac25857″ target=”_hplink”>Breakfast smoothies</a> are ideal for this. The typical breakfast full of carbs and sugary or starchy foods is the worst option since you’ll have cravings all day. Eating a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar cravings.

  • Try To Incorporate Protein/Fat Into Each Meal

    This helps control blood sugar levels. Make sure they are healthy sources of each.

  • Add Spices

    Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.

  • Take A Good Quality Multivitamin And Mineral Supplement, Omega 3 Fatty Acids And Vitamin D3

    Nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse and the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings. Certain nutrients seem to improve blood sugar control including chromium, vitamin B3 and magnesium

  • Move Your Body

    Exercise, dance or do some yoga. Whatever movement you enjoy will help reduce tension, boost your energy and decrease your need for a sugar lift.

  • Get Enough Sleep

    When we are tired we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion.

  • Do A Detox

    My experience has been that when people do a detox, not only does it reset their appetites but it often decreases their sugar cravings. After the initial sugar cravings, which can be overwhelming, our bodies adjust and we won’t even want the sugar anymore and the desire will disappear.

  • Be Mindful Of Emotions

    Be open to explore the emotional issues around your sugar addiction. Many times our craving for sugar is more for an emotional need that isn’t being met.

  • Keep It Out Of Reach

    Keep sugary snacks out of your house and office. It’s difficult to snack on things that aren’t there!

  • Don’t Substitute Artificial Sweeteners For Sugar

    This will do little to alter your desire for sweets. If you do need a sweetener, try Stevia, it’s the healthiest.

  • Learn To Read Labels

    Although I would encourage you to eat as few foods as possible that have labels, educate yourself about what you’re putting into your body. The longer the list of ingredients, the more likely sugar is going to be included on that list. So check the grams of sugar, and choose products with the least sugar per serving.

  • Become Familiar With Sugar Terminology

    Recognize that all of these are sweeteners: corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, molasses, turbinado sugar and brown sugar.

  • Look Out For Sugar In Disguise

    Remember that most of the “complex” carbohydrates we consume like bread, bagels and pasta aren’t really complex at all. They are usually highly refined and act just like sugars in the body and are to be avoided.

  • Take L-Glutamine

    Take 1000-2000mg every couple of hours as necessary. It often relieves sugar cravings as the brain uses it for fuel.

  • Take A ‘Breathing Break’

    Find a quiet spot, get comfortable and sit for a few minutes and focus on your breath. After a few minutes of this, the craving will pass.

  • Distract Yourself

    Go for a walk, if possible, in nature. Cravings usually last for 10-20 minutes maximum. If you can distract yourself with something else, it often passes. The more you do this, the easier it gets and the cravings get easier to deal with.

  • Drink Lots Of Water

    Sometimes drinking water or seltzer water can help with the sugar cravings. Also sometimes what we perceive as a food craving is really thirst.

  • Have A Piece Of Fruit

    If you give in to your cravings, have a piece of fruit, it should satisfy a sweet craving and is much healthier.

Tesco removed confectionery from larger stores 20 years ago but the most recent move will apply to all stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland including smaller Metro and Express outlets.

It will trial a variety of healthier products at checkouts before implementing the full change by the end of December.

Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke said: “We all know how easy it is to be tempted by sugary snacks at the checkout, and we want to help our customers lead healthier lives.

“We’ve already removed billions of calories from our soft drinks, sandwiches and ready meal ranges by changing the recipes to reduce their sugar, salt and fat content. And we will continue to look for opportunities to take out more.

“We’re doing this now because our customers have told us that removing sweets and chocolates from checkouts will help them make healthier choices.”

Katie O’Donovan, head of communications at parenting website Mumsnet, said: “Popping into a shop with a small child in tow can sometimes feel like navigating an assault course.

“If you’ve made it to the checkout in one piece it can be really frustrating to then be faced with an unhealthy array of sweets designed to tempt your child.

“It’s really positive to see a supermarket responding to the views of their customers and trying to make life that little bit easier.”

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger welcomed the move, adding: “Retailers have a duty to support individuals in making healthy choices and ministers must look closely at what they can learn here.”

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