Conquer Excess Sugar in Your Diet

Do you know how much sugar you ingest every day? The American Heart Association estimates that most of us consume more than twice the recommended daily amounts — six teaspoons (25 grams/100 calories) for women and nine teaspoons (38 grams/150 calories) for men. This excess can lead to fat build-up around your organs, diabetes, high blood pressure, accelerated aging, and more.

But you can save your body and your health by conquering excess sugar today!

1. Learn sugar’s many names (anything with sugar, cane, syrup, nectar, or ending in –ose, such as fructose). It hides in surprising places, including salad dressing, breads, condiments, and processed foods.
2. Cut the amount of sugar you add to food and drinks by half and wean yourself down from there.
3. Drink only sugar-free or low-calorie drinks.
4. Enhance foods with spices instead of sugar – think cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice.
5. Use flavored extracts such as vanilla, almond or lemon instead of sugar in recipes.
6. Add fresh or dried fruit to cereal or oatmeal instead of sugar.
7. Reduce the amount of sugar used in baking by one-third to one-half. You probably won’t notice the difference.
8. Substitute equal amounts of unsweetened applesauce for sugar in recipes.
9. Try zero-calorie artificial sweeteners in moderation.

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