Celebrity cookbook authors Pete Evans, Sarah Wilson, Lola Berry and Kate Bradley have come under fire for sugar coating the truth about their so-called ‘sugar free’ recipes.

Our health is important and many of us are making steps to clean eating, opting for fresher, sugar-free foods.

You figure if it’s sugar-free then you’re making a better choice, right?

Not always.

Well known health gurus have recently been called out for misleading us on what they’ve claimed to be sugar-free.

24-year-old Melbourne health blogger, Kate Bradley’s newly released cookbook, Kenko Kitchen has become surrounded by controversy this week after experts disputed her claims that all of her recipes were sugar-free.

In 33 of her recipes Bradley recommended several alternatives for sugar including maple syrup, coconut sugar and rice malt syrup – all of which include sugar.

 Kate Bradley

Kate Bradley

Chief scientific officer of the GI Foundation, Dr Alan Barclay told the Herald Sun that Bradley’s claims were dangerously misleading and could threaten the health of those with diabetes.

“We are seeing again an unqualified celebrity author making false claims and misleading people,” Dr Barclay said.

“These alternatives are still sugars, some of which are worse than table sugar in terms of calories and GI.”

However, Bradley isn’t the only on catching the heat.

Dr Barclay also identified cookbooks like TV Chef Pete Evans’ ‘Family Food’ and former MasterChef presenter Sarah Wilson’s ‘I Quit Sugar’ as misleadingly sugar-free.

Other’s include nutritionist Lola Berry’s ‘Happy Cookbook and My Kitchen Rules stars Luke and Scott’s ‘Clean Living Paleo’.

Across all five books, a total of 151 recipes use sugar alternatives like rice malt syrup, molasses, maple syrup, honey or coconut sugar – all of which are often worse than normal sugar.

“All five books claim clearly on the cover that all recipes inside are sugar free, which is simply untrue,” Dr Barclay said.

“This is not fair to those buying the books and making the recipes for their families and children thinking that they are making healthy choices.”

So next time you’re on the hunt for something low in sugar, take a closer look.

The term sugar is often replaced with artificial sweeteners, usually to make food appear healthier.

Common tricky names used for sugary ingredients include brown rice syrup, barley malt, caramel, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, and anything involving corn syrup.