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Tips to Help You Cut Out Sugar

By Sara Butler

Sugar is oh-so-sweet but it's also oh-so-bad for your health and wellness. The problem is that added sugars are literally everywhere in your kitchen. They lurk in condiments, baked goods, and other processed foods. The reasons to limit your sugar intake are plentiful. If you consume too much sugar, you're at a higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as fatty liver disease, heart disease, and diabetes. Here are some simple ways you can ax the added sugars in your life in order to stay healthy.

Cut Out Sweet Drinks

Soda, fruit drinks, and sports drinks are all sources of added sugar, so omitting them from your diet is an easy way to cut out a lot of added sugar. One can of a leading cola has 10 teaspoons of sugar. Considering that it's not recommended to exceed six teaspoons of sugar in one day, you can see how this is a problem. Swap out your usual soda, juice, or sports drink with water, tea, or flavored sparkling water. If you want to jazz it up, add some fresh fruit or herbs.

Flavor Your Own Yogurt

Yogurt is seen as a healthy option by many people, but flavored yogurts are a huge source of added sugar in the diet, with some packing in as many as 30 grams of sugar in one serving. That's about as much as you find in a candy bar!

You don't have to give up yogurt but make it more of a DIY project by buying plain yogurt and adding your own flavors with honey, fresh or frozen fruit, or maple syrup. Even these sweet options usually add less sugar than pre-sweetened stuff.

Cook Your Own Meals

Restaurants tend to sneak a lot of sugar into their meals in an effort to make them taste better. If you cook at home and prepare your own meals more often, then you can keep tabs on how much sugar you're actually consuming. There are many satisfying meals you can make at home that have zero added sugars!

Don't Go Low-Fat

Low-fat and fat-free foods are seen as a healthy part of a diet, but that's not always the case. That's because, in an effort to make the food that has had fat removed more palatable, more sugar is added. Remember, sugar is a fat-free ingredient, so adding sugar doesn't detract from the package claims of a product being low-fat or fat-free.

It's important to keep tabs on excess sugar for your continued health and wellness.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Northbrook, Ill.

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