Weight control, health: 6 ways to kick excess sugar out of your diet

To reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, of course, you have to start by limiting your consumption of regular sodas. As well as adding the spoonful of sugar to your morning cereal or yogurt. But what if you’re already making progress cutting down on high-sugar foods? Chances are you’re consuming even more added sugar than you realize in some everyday foods.

Here are some tips to help you reduce your sugar intake:

– Instead of adding sugar to sweeten cereal, top your bowl with your favorite fruits.
– Opt for low-calorie or sugar-free drinks rather than sugary drinks. Better yet, drink water (flat or sparkling).
– Prefer fruit for dessert to cookies or pastries.
– Reduce the amount of sugar you use in your cake and cookie recipes. Replace sugar completely with unsweetened applesauce.
– Be careful with condiments such as ketchup and barbecue sauce. They are high in sugar, so opt for less sweet options like salsa, mustard, or hot sauce.

Read the labels of the products you buy carefully.

It is natural to crave sweets from time to time. However, too much sugar in your diet increases the risk of weight gain, high triglycerides, poor diet, and tooth decay.

The World Health Organization recommends that adults and children limit their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of daily calories (about 12 teaspoons of sugar). To get your sugar intake under control, it’s important to be aware of the sources of sugar in your diet.

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Start by reading food labels. Sugar is known by many names, including corn syrup, molasses, honey, high fructose corn syrup, malt sugar, and dextrose. Understand that natural sugar is found in foods such as fruit, milk, and plain yogurt. Added sugar is added to foods or beverages, either during processing (as in soda and flavored yogurt) or during preparation (as when you add sugar to coffee).

Recommendations for sugar consumption do not include foods containing natural sugars. Because these foods usually contain other beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.

Here are some other helpful tips for reducing sugar intake in your diet:

Find out about the sugar content of your favorite food
Minimize the amount of added sugar in your food choices
Buy and eat fewer processed foods. Buy more whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and experiment with new recipes.
Change your environment. Replace the bowl of candy at work or at home with a bowl of fruit.

* Presse Santé strives to transmit medical knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace medical advice. []

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