2 Practical Tips To Help Reduce Sugar Intake

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Sugar can be hard to reduce in your diet. It is everywhere and sugar cravings can be difficult to manage. This is about tackling added sugar, not sugar in whole foods like fruits and vegetables, but the sugar you add to your breakfast cereals, processed foods, snacks, and candies. Sugar in natural foods, when taken in the appropriate amount, is not a source of concern because they have fiber and a lot of minerals and vitamins.

Added sugars are the source of concern. They have little to no benefits for your body, so how much added sugar should you have per day? What is the limit, if there is anyone at all? 

According to the World Health Organization, 50 grams per day of added sugar is the limit. They also recommend less than 25 grams of added sugar for maximum health benefits. To put this into perspective, a can of soda contains 40g, so this doesn't leave more room for added sugar. 

Below are 2 practical tips to reduce sugar intake.

Eat more whole foods. Whole foods are any food that is in its natural form. Foods that have not been processed. For example, fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, etc. There is no added sugar in this class of food. Eating or consuming a diet that consists of whole foods will help reduce the amount of added sugar in your diet.

Read the ingredients before you buy or consume any processed meal. Do well to read the ingredients list. It is usually attached to it or on the pack that comes with the product. Look out for the word sugar. Also, sugar has been labeled with several names, like syrup. Look out for words ending with "owe" like glucose, fructose, and dextrose. These are all sugar, so try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar.

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