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The Sweet Enemy Living under Your Roof

Steps to cut sugar from your diet.

It’s everywhere you turn. It goes by nearly 60 different names. And it’s out to make your waistline bulge and your health risks skyrocket.
It’s sugar, and it’s nearly impossible to avoid. But you better try. Because the sweet stuff doesn’t just contribute to tooth decay. It’s associated with obesity, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain cancers.

For these reasons and more, nearly 8 out of 10 adults are currently trying to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. Will you join them? Here are a few ways how.

Say Goodbye to Soda

There’s a good chance that half of the added sugar you consume comes from sweetened beverages like soda. A single 12-ounce can contains 8 teaspoons of sugar. That’s more sugar than women and kids are supposed to have in a day!
If you reach for soda every day, it’s time to wean yourself off. And don’t reach for sweet tea, energy drinks, or sports beverages. They’re all just as bad. Cut back on how much liquid sugar you drink and switch to unsweetened tea or water.

Eat More Fruit

All sugar isn’t bad. Give your sweet tooth a treat by enjoying natural sugar found in fruit. Whether fresh, dried, canned, or frozen, fruit is a healthy way to sweeten your meals. You can overdo it though. To avoid this, skip fruit that’s canned in syrups and go easy on dried fruit, since it’s higher in sugar. Used to sprinkling sugar on your oatmeal or cereal? Try berries, raisins, or banana slices instead.

Investigate Nutrition Labels

You might find a new favorite sauce if you knew how much sugar your current one contained. Before purchasing foods, check their nutrition labels. Look at the amount of added sugar per serving. Compare labels and go with the lowest option. If they’re all high in sugar, teach your tastebuds to enjoy new flavors that don’t have so much sugar.

Reduce Your Serving Size

An occasional indulgence to satisfy your sweet tooth is okay. The key is to limit your portion size. Enjoy one cookie instead of three. Eat half a piece of cake or pie instead of a whole. Get one scoop of ice cream instead of two. Use one tablespoon of barbeque sauce instead of four. After cutting back on sugar, your cravings will start to lessen. When this happens, sweet foods may not taste as good as they once did.

Adjust Your Recipes

When baking, reduce the amount of sugar the recipe calls for by a third or a half. You probably won’t even notice. To flavor foods, use vanilla, lemon, or almond. Instead of sugar, use spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger. Cut out the sugar completely in your baked goods by substituting it for equal parts unsweetened applesauce. To do this, you may need to reduce the amount of liquids in your recipe.

Snack on Dark Chocolate

You don’t have to feel guilty eating a small amount of dark chocolate. So when your sweet cravings hit, grab a piece. Just remember that all chocolate is not created equal. Milk or white chocolate has more sugar, so stay away. For the healthiest choice, look for quality dark chocolate made with at least 70 percent cocoa. This provides a sweet treat that’s also good for your heart.

Go for Unsweetened

If you’re used to adding two spoons of sugar to your coffee, slowly add less and less. Make your own sweet tea? Gradually add less sugar to your recipe. Over time your taste buds will adjust, and soon you may prefer unsweetened coffee and tea.

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