These days almost everyone knows how bad sugar is for our health. It increases our blood pressure as well as cholesterol levels, raises the risks of various heart diseases, causes us gain weight, and so on.
What’s even more unpleasant is that sugar can be found almost everywhere, starting from sweets (the most obvious option) and ending with various other things like sauces and breakfast cereals. That’s why one of the best things we can do for our health is to decrease the amount of sugar we consume every day.
However, this could be hard things to do if you don’t know where to start. That’s why today we want to offer you 6 smart tips on how to lower your daily sugar intake.
Did you know that a can of Coca-Cola consists more sugar that you are recommended to take a day (39 grams, to be precise)? Some might think that quitting drinking ordinary soda drinks and switching to the diet ones could be a healthier option, but actually, it’s not. While diet soda claims to have zero sugar in it, it still has a lot of artificial sweeteners that are bad for our health, and that lead us to overeat (because our bodies want to compensate for the lack of calories a drink has) and craving more sugar too.
For those of us who have a sweet tooth, reducing daily sugar intake can be hard. If you want to make it a bit easier, replace the sweets with the fruits. While the fruits are sweet too, the sugar content is usually not as concentrated as heavily processed snacks. Moreover, they are also rich in vitamins and fiber, as well as contain much fewer calories than processed sweets.
Various researches show that hungry people buy more food. Moreover, they usually think about its nutrition value less. It is understandable: when you want to eat, you are eager to finish your shopping as quickly as possible instead of thinking whether buying a certain product would be a good option. Naughty foods are also more appealing when hungry.
On the contrary, when you aren’t hungry, you are able to choose the products more wisely as well as buy less of sugar-rich food.
Unfortunately, sweetened food is one of the most widespread lunch or snack options – and it’s hard to resist that option when you are hungry. However, you can solve this problem by starting carrying your own lunch and snacks with you. This way once you get hungry, you’ll be able to eat an apple instead of buying a donut.
Did you know that ketchup and various salad dressings actually contain a lot of sugar? Moreover, a salad dressing could easily have more calories than a salad itself, totally ruining your attempts to stay fit and eat healthily. Start making your own salad dressings and sauces if possible. They taste just as delicious as the ready-made ones but are much healthier at the same time.
Not all of us are able to cut off sugar completely, and that’s totally understandable. It would probably be worse to refrain from eating sugar-rich products at all if you have the craving. This way you’d most likely end up eating an unhealthy amount of sweets at one point of your life.
To avoid this happening, plan your sugary treats ahead. For example, decide that you’re going to eat something sweet twice a week. A small amount of sugar won’t harm your health as long as you’ll stay rational and stick to this amount.
Remember: it’s better to start making small changes that would still benefit your health than not to make any changes at all. Don’t get discouraged if you won’t be able to reduce your daily sugar intake as quickly as you want to. Just stick to your goals, be patient – and eventually, you will make progress and notice the amazing impact it has on your life.