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Kick The Sugar Habit

by The Food Folks on September 02, 2021

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There are a number of reasons why you should exclude sugar from your diet. Sugar overconsumption has been related to a number of diseases, including:

  • Cardiovascular conditions (such as coronary heart disease, abnormal blood pressure and stroke)
  • Obesity 
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Dental cavity 

It goes without saying that too much sugar is bad for your body and health, so if you eat high-sugar foods, you should look for ways to replace them.


Replace Sugar in Your Diet

When you start paying attention to your sugar intake and looking for it on food labels, you'll soon notice how much sugar is added to foods. Even foods like tomato sauce, crackers, condiments, and salad dressings, which aren't often associated with being too sweet, can be high in sugar.


Sugar has a Variety of Names

To properly read food labels and ingredient lists, you must first understand that sugar is referred to by many various names. High fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, invert sugar, molasses, sucrose, and maple syrup are just some of the names for sugar. Many foods, including those that appear to be safe, such as yoghurt and breakfast cereals, can contain three or four different types of sweetener, which can be described separately on ingredient lists. If you see multiple sugars on the bottle, it's a sign that the food isn't as good as you would think.

 

Cut Back Gradually

It's difficult to remove sugar completely from your diet, so most people cut back gradually. For instance, if you currently use two spoonfuls of sugar in your tea and coffee, gradually reduce the amount to one and then zero. Also, eliminate the high-sugar ‘snack' foods that too many people consume to get through the day. Energy bars, cereal bars, and confectionery are all high in sugar, so you can try to substitute them with natural sugar-rich foods like fruit and nuts.


Avoid Fizzy Drinks

When it comes to reducing sugar from your diet, cutting out cola and other fizzy beverages is a must. Many fruit drinks and flavoured waters, as well as fizzy drinks, are high in sugar. Flavored water, for example, is laced with artificial sweeteners, making it, in some situations, almost as bad as a fizzy drink.


You'll Make It!

Of course, completely removing sugar from your diet can seem to be an impossible task at first. You'll gradually come to enjoy the natural sweetness of vegetables and fruits, and as you get used to consuming less sugar, your body will adjust, resulting in less sweet cravings.

To start, try eliminating sugar from your morning meal. Porridge or homemade pancakes can be used in place of sugary breakfast cereals.  Try adding a few spoonfuls of The Food Folks Chosen flaxseed, cocoa and berries mix or our flax, chiaseeds, apple & cinnamon blend to give it a sweeter taste without the sugar.


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