Eating too much sugar can have devastating effects on your health. It is also shown to contribute to obesity, heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, and tooth decay. Sugar can be found naturally in many fruits and vegetables; however, it is the added sugars in processed food that are a cause for concern.
So, how do you cut down on sugar which is ubiquitous in food products these days? Here are a few tips you can follow:
1) Avoid Sugar-Loaded Drinks
Some of the popular beverages – sodas, energy/sports drinks, fruit drinks – available today contain obscene amounts of sugar. Even the so-called healthy drinks like smoothies and fruit juices have an excessive amount of sugar content.
Alternatives you can try:
- Herbal or fruit teas
- Sugar-free tea or coffee
- Sparkling water with lemon
2) Avoid Desserts
Most desserts have little to no nutritional value but have high sugar content. Eating these desserts spikes your blood sugar level and makes you feel tired, hungry, and crave even more sugar.
If you have a sweet tooth and can’t go without desserts, here are a few alternatives you can try:
- Fresh fruit
- Greek yoghurt with fruit
- Baked fruits with cream