The average American consumes about 160 pounds of refined sugar every year. That’s a lot of sugar.
We know all this sugar isn’t good for us, but we still eat it. Sugar rots your teeth, gives us Type II Diabetes, and contributes to the obesity epidemic in the western world. The bad thing is that added sugar has found its way into all sorts of foods we consume daily. And I’m not just talking about the sugary breakfast cereal or ice cream. There’s sugar in our salad dressings, our beverages, and pasta sauce to give you just a few examples.
What can we do to cut back on the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis? Let’s start by cutting out some of the big offenders.
Cut the Soda and Other Sugary Drinks
Cutting out soda and other sugary drinks from your diet can have a huge impact. That includes seemingly innocent things like the sweet tea, the fancy coffee drink, even Pumpkin Spice lattes This could also be your favorite juice beverage. Look at the labels and figure out how many teaspoons of sugar you’re drinking each day, then cut them out. Stick to water, black coffee and herbal tea for a few days. Black coffee is something that is HARD for me to get used to, so I started drinking a lot of green tea. It’s not an easy transition, but it will be well worth it in the end.
Stop Indulging In Sugar Laden Treats
Next, you will have to give up your favorite sugary treats. Enjoy a bowl of oatmeal or scramble up some eggs instead of pouring a bowl of sweet cereal. Skip the muffin, cake, cookies, and candy. When you feel those sugar cravings coming on, grab a piece of fruit or cut up some fresh veggies.
Find sugar-free or low-sugar replacements for your favorite treats. Fix a sandwich if you’re hungry in the afternoon instead of raiding the cookie jar. Or grab some cheese and crackers. Do your best to train your brain and taste buds to not crave sweet treats all day long.
Stick To Real Food
Last but not least, work on reducing the added sugars that sneak into your diet via all sorts of convenience and processed foods. Anything that’s labeled low-fat, fat-free or gluten-free is worth avoiding since the fat is usually replaced by lots of sugar and salt to make it palatable. Your best bet is to stick to real food. Stick with single ingredients and cook your meals from scratch. This allows you to control what’s going into the food you eat, including the sugar.
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