Reducing Sugar Intake in Your Diet

lizzie79 By lizzie79, 15th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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One way to improve your diet is to reduce the amount of sugar you eat. This will help to prevent weight gain, tooth decay and other health problems in the future. Here are some tips on how to do this.

Overview

Whether you are trying to look after your general health, taking care of your teeth or are trying to lose weight, then removing the excess sugar out of your diet is one way to achieve all of these things. This may seem like an extreme measure or a difficult task. However, it is actually relatively simple. Here are some tips on how you can remove the excess sugar from your diet.

Beverages

One part of people's diets where they regularly add additional and unnecessary sugar is beverages. Regardless of whether they drink tea, coffee or herbal drinks, it is common for people to add sugar into their drinks to sweeten them up. The most obvious solution to this is to simply not add sugar to any beverages. However, the flavor would be too different, and perhaps unpleasant, without the addition of sugar. If this is the case, it can be preferable to use artificial sweeteners instead. If you find the taste of artificial sweeteners a little bitter, then natural alternatives such as honey can be used instead.

Cooking

Another way to avoid additional sugar in your diet is to not use it your cooking. In most circumstances people do not use sugar in savoury meals. It is more often used in creating desserts. One option is to eliminate puddings from your diet. Another option is to simply use natural sugar alternatives or replace the sweetness of sugar with fruits in your desserts.

Prepared Food

Even in savoury foods, prepared foods can contain a lot of excess and unnecessary sugar. Keep an eye out for healthier options. One way to do this is to read the nutritional information on the packaging of the meal. Alternatively, avoid preprepared foods and make meals from scratch. Not only will this reduce your sugar intake, it will also increase your awareness of the overall dietary content of your food. This will help you to monitor other unhealthy additions to your meals, such as salt and fat.

Snacks and Treats

Hunger often strikes between meals and having snacks can be a healthy part of your daily diet provided that you make healthy choices. Many snacks contain sugar; chocolate, candy and preserved snacks all may contain sugars. Replacing these sugary snacks with healthier alternatives can remove a lot of the excess sugar from your diet. Try dried fruit, nuts and seeds to meet your between meals hunger pangs instead.

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Diet, Health, Nutrition, Sugar

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author avatar lizzie79
I am a mum of four who has worked as a professional freelance writer for the past five years and formerly worked in education. I love to write about education, parenting, fashion, health, and travel.

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author avatar WOGIAM
16th Apr 2014 (#)

There is so much sugar hidden in processed foods also and many people do not seem to realise this. Fresh home made meals are best.

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