Sugar is a sweet crystalline substance that is produced from plants such as sugar cane and sugar beet.
It consists of soluble carbohydrate and sucrose and can be found in natural foods like fruits and vegetables. This type of sugar is healthy and has little effect on our health.
Sugar is used in our homes as sweeteners for drinks and food.
Eating too much sugar is one of the dangerous things you can do to your body.
Too much sugar in the body can have many negative effects on your health. Some of these effects include obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and tooth decay.
Below are some simple ways to cut down sugar
1. Avoid desserts loaded with sugar: Most desserts are loaded with sugar and should be taken in moderation. Dessert such as ice cream, cookies, toffees, and cookies contains a lot of sugar and provide little nutritional value.
In order to cut down sugar, you need to go for healthy desserts like fresh fruits, greek yogurt, dark chocolate, dates, etc. They have low sugar content and high in fiber, vitamin, and minerals.
2. Replace sugar with honey: Honey is sweet and has more nutritional value. Honey contains fructose, glucose, water, and minerals such as calcium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Therefore honey is the healthy choice over sugar. The next, time you need sugar, go for the honey instead I mean organic honey. We have a lot of refined honey in the market so you have to be careful you pick the right one. However, I have a little secret on how to test for honey to see if it’s organic. Will reveal that in my next post.
3. Don’t keep sugar at home: You don’t want to be tempted right? Then don’t keep sugar at home. Is simple the next time you making a list for groceries don’t add sugar to your list.
4. Avoid sugary drinks: Avoid sugary drinks to cut down sugar. Not consuming sugary drinks can massively improve your health and help you lose weight. Instead reach out for healthy options such as water, fruits, teas, coffee, sparkling water with lemon, etc.
5. Eat whole foods: Whole foods are free from additives, sugar, and artificial substances. Eating more whole foods will reduce your sugar intake. Examples of whole foods include wheat, barley, quinoa, oats, beans and legumes, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, etc.
6. Check food labels: Always read food labels to check for sugar content. Is not easy to avoid sweets or sugary foods. Some food companies make it difficult to differentiate between natural sugars and added sugars.
7. Stop drinking it: Yes stop drinking it. The only way to cut down sugar is to avoid it completely. If you love yourself enough then make a healthy choice today and stick to it.
The bottom line is, despite how addictive sugar can be like many unprescribed drugs, you can quit the habit gradually through discipline and avoidance.