10 Ways To Cut Out Sugar From Your Diet.
Throughout history, many people suffered from lack of nutrition, and the risk of starving was really high. If you couldn’t hunt or successfully grow your crop, you were in big trouble! Today, we basically have the opposite problem. We can easily visit the local grocery shop and by whatever we want, anytime we want. As a result, many people take our abundance for granted, and our diets have changed radically. One of the biggest health threats to the western world is actually excessive consumption of sugar.
High sugar intake can lead to a host of problems, ranging from obesity to diabetes and malnutrition, among others. Thankfully, there are many things you can do in order to limit your intake of sugars. Keep reading to find out more!
1) Avoiding sodas and soft drinks.
Sodas and sugary drinks are probably the biggest sources of sugar intake. Most people are simply not aware of how much sugar goes into a simple can of Coke, Sprite, a Ginger Ale, or a Root Beer. If you drink sodas and sugary drinks every day, you should consider cutting down significantly. Even sports drinks such as Gatorade have very high sugar content.
2) Reduce your intake of alcoholic beverages.
Alcoholic drinks such as wine, beer, and liquors have a lot of sugar. Most alcoholic beverages are made through the process of fermentation, which breaks down fructose and/or starches into sugar.
3) Learn about the difference between sugar and fat.
Some products have misleading labels, claiming that they are “fat-free.” The truth is that sugar is not fat. Your body will break down the sugar into fats naturally! Always look for calories and sugars, and beware of “fat-free” claims.
4) Watch for sauces, condiments and salad dressings.
Sugar isn’t only found on sweet treats. Many condiments have a fairly high intake of sugar. Popular sauces such as barbecue sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce are on the list. In addition to that, many commercial salad dressings are filled with sodium and sugar, making them particularly unhealthy. This is ironic because many people turn to salads as a way to cut their calorie and sugar intake, unaware of the sugar content in their salad dressings.
5) Don’t take sugar with your coffee.
If you are a habitual coffee drinker, consider removing or reducing the amount of sugar you have with your coffee!
6) Limit snacks, candy, and desserts.
Sugar is very prominent in sweet snacks, candy, chocolate treats, and desserts. Instead of indulging in a treat every day, make it a special occasion!
7) Beware of processed foods.
Most processed foods contain sugar, even if you don’t think that they actually should be there. When you buy processed foods, you’ll likely find ingredients such as high-fructose corn syrup or cane sugar.
8) Always read the packaging.
If you want to make sure that you are purchasing products that are free or low in sugars, make sure you read the label. The packaging might reveal important information that can assist you in the process of making a better choice as a consumer.
9) Prepare more home-cooked meals.
The best way to make sure you control your sugar intake is to…cook for yourself! If you have time, consider cooking homemade meals more often. Some of the best, tastiest, and healthiest meals can be easily prepared easily and quickly.
10) Watch out for hidden sugars.
There are many hidden sugars in the food you eat. Are you using a marinade to flavor your meats? There is probably sugar in it. Are you garnishing your salad with a dressing? There is probably sugar in it. Are you sipping on a large latte? You probably get the idea!
Most people immediately associate sugar with sweets, but the truth is that sugar comes in many shapes and forms. It is really important to become aware of how and where sugar is being used in the foods you eat regularly.
These are only some of the many things you can do to watch your daily sugar intake. Make sure you keep a watchful eye and learn more about what you put in your belly!
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