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How To Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Excessive added sugar has many negative health effects.

Although consuming small amounts now and then is perfectly healthy, you should try to cut back on sugar whenever possible.

Fortunately, simply focusing on eating whole, unprocessed foods automatically decreases the amount of sugar in your diet.

Here are some more tips on how to reduce your intake of added sugars:

  • Swap sodas, energy drinks, juices and sweetened teas for water or unsweetened seltzer.

  • Drink your coffee black or use a natural sweetener.

  • Sweeten plain yogurt with fresh or frozen berries instead of buying flavored, sugar-loaded yogurt.

  • Consume whole fruits instead of sugar-sweetened fruit smoothies.

  • Replace candy with a homemade trail mix of fruit, nuts and a few dark chocolate chips.

  • Use olive oil and vinegar in place of sweet salad dressings like honey mustard.

  • Choose marinades, nut butters, ketchup and marinara sauce with zero added sugars.

  • Look for cereals, granolas and granola bars with under 4 grams of sugar per serving.

  • Swap your morning cereal for a bowl of rolled oats topped with nut butter and fresh berries, or an omelet made with fresh greens.

  • Instead of jelly, slice fresh bananas onto your peanut butter sandwich.

  • Use natural nut butters in place of sweet spreads like Nutella.

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages that are sweetened with soda, juice, honey, sugar or agave.

  • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, focusing on fresh, whole ingredients.

The best way to limit your added sugar intake is to prepare your own healthy meals at home and avoid buying foods and drinks that are high in added sugar.

Focusing on preparing healthy meals and limiting your intake of foods that contain added sweeteners can help you cut back on the amount of sugar in your diet.

Eating too much added sugar can have many negative health effects such as weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions.

For these reasons, added sugar should be kept to a minimum whenever possible, which is easy when you follow a healthy diet based on whole foods.

Before you know it, your sugar habit will be a thing of the past.


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