Cutting back on sugar is a no-brainer when it comes to your health, but the task can seem daunting when all your favorite foods are full of it. Well don’t fret. Here are 8 simple ways you can reduce sugar without having to give up all the foods you love.
Simple Tips to Reduce Sugar Intake
Eating too much sugar is bad for your health. You’ve heard it before. Excessive consumption can increase your risk for obesity, heart disease and a host of other health complications.
The World Health Organization recommends the average adult consume no more than 25 grams of sugar a day, but exceeding this is all too easy. A single 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola, for instance, packs 39 grams of the stuff. And added sugar sneaks into unsuspecting edibles, like hamburgers and “healthy” Greek yogurts.
Cutting back on your sugar intake is a smart choice, but it’s tough to know where to start. If you’re looking to taper off, start with a few of the tweaks below. Introduce them to your everyday routine, and eventually they’ll turn into a habit.
1. Make over your morning coffee.
The two sugars you routinely put into your cup of joe can add up. Try reducing the amount of sugar you use little by little, and rely on full-fat dairy to provide satisfaction. See if your taste buds respond well to cinnamon; the spice pairs perfectly with coffee’s nutty hints, and is, above all, sugar free.
2. Quit your soda habit.
Diet or regular, drinking any kind of pop promotes weight gain and amplifies sugar cravings. The sweetness in both diet and non-diet soda prompts side effects similar to addiction, making drinkers crave more sugar.
3. Snack on something healthy before food shopping.
Researchers from Cornell University found that snacking on something nutritious before supermarket shopping, like an apple, can actually encourage shoppers to purchase 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than they normally would.
4. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
Now that you’ve had your apple, stick to the outer aisles of the supermarket, where conventional stores place the produce, meat and seafood departments — the foods you should focus on. If you avoid the aisles that contain shelves of near-irresistible sugary sweets, you’ll be less likely to buy them.
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