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Jun 19

The Beginner’s Guide to Reducing Sugar Consumption

Overconsumption of sugar can wreak havoc on your health. Risks include diabetes, cancer, obesity, and tooth decay. You have a lot of good reason to cut down on your sugar consumption as soon as possible. However, given the ubiquity of sugar in the food system, cutting it out is not as easy as it may seem. Here are a few tips to help you reduce the amount of sugar you eat. 

Quit Soft Drinks

Soft drinks contain an extremely high amount of sugar; it’s basically liquid candy. One of the quickest ways to reduce your sugar consumption is to quit soft drinks entirely. If you’re thirsty, drink water instead. 

Stop Adding Sugar to Tea and Coffee

Coffee and tea are both bitter, and many people add a teaspoon or two to make them more palatable. However, all that sugar can really add up. If you’re used to dousing your morning beverage with sucrose, try weaning yourself off it. Many people come to like the bitter and aromatic flavors of coffee and tea and even find themselves preferring it without the added sugar. 

Watch Your Juice Intake

At first glance, juice seems like a healthy alternative to soda. While it does contain a few more vitamins and a few less unnatural chemicals, it contains the same amount of sugar. Eating fruit is easier on your metabolic health because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar to the bloodstream. Juice, however, strips away this natural fiber. Leaving you with a whopping dose of unregulated sugar. This means that a tall glass of orange juice is equivalent to downing a bottle of Coca-Cola. 

Bake with Less Sugar

Baking your own desserts will give you a lot more control over how much sugar you eat. Most bakeries pack their goods full of sugar, and most of them overdo it. Experiment with reducing the sugar quantity when following a recipe, or follow low-sugar recipes from the start. You will likely find your pallet adjusting to the lower sugar intake. In fact, biting down on a conventional high-sugar cookie may cause you to gag. 

Closing Thoughts

Sugar is in everything; it’s a bit hard to escape. However, if you want to take control over your health and lose weight, one of the best things you can do is cut down on sugar consumption. Reducing sugar consumption takes some planning, forethought, and self-control — but it can be done.

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