Ways to Cut Back the Sugar
The average American consumes almost 3 times the daily sugar maximum that they should. This can lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and tooth decay. Many Americans have an addiction to sugar and don’t even realize it! While having treats every now and then isn’t a problem, we should still work towards reducing the amount of sugar we consume everyday. We put together some tips for you and your family to work towards reducing your sugar intakes and to live a healthier life!
- Cut back on the sugary drinks – cans of soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and even fruit juices contain lots of added sugar. Try to substitute these with water, sugar-free sparkling water drinks, juices without added sugar or tea if you’re needing a quick energy boost!
- Skip the heavy desserts – cakes, pies, doughnuts and ice cream are loaded with sugar and can leave you feeling tired. Try swapping out the grain and dairy-based desserts with fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, dark chocolate, or baked fruit! It’s okay to have some treats occasionally, but try to avoid having dessert every day! It will make you feel better and help save you some money!
- Beware the canned foods – fruits and vegetables naturally have sugar in them and that sugar is safe to eat! However, lots of canned fruits and vegetables have added sugar. If you look at the ingredients list it will tell you if there is sugar by using terms such as high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, maltose, dextrose, molasses, and caramel. Don’t avoid canned foods all together, just make sure to double check to make sure that there isn’t any unnecessary sugar added!
- Don’t keep sugar in the house – having sugar in the house makes it easy to make sugar filled desserts or to sprinkle it into drinks. By taking away this temptation, you’ll help eliminate a large amount of sugar intake!
- Get your sleep! – being tired throughout the day may tempt you to have energy drinks, sugary coffee, or treats to help give you a spark. Getting adequate sleep will help with energy throughout the day and will give you more motivation and focus to stay on task.
You don’t need to cut the sugar cold-turkey. Just look for ways to reduce a little bit of sugar each day. It really adds up to a healthier life!