Did you know that added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet? Sugar provides extra calories with no added nutrients and can damage your overall metabolism. In addition, eating too much sugar is linked to weight gain and various diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Here’s how to minimize added sugar in your diet:
• Soft drinks – Sugar sweetened beverages are unhealthy. You should avoid them like the plague. Drink water instead.
• Fruit juices – Fruit juices actually contain the same amount of sugar as soft drinks. Choose whole fruit instead of fruit juice.
• Candies and sweets – You should drastically limit your consumption of candies and sweets.
• Baked goods – Baked goods, such as cookies, cakes, brownies, muffins, pies, etc. tend to be very high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Instead of sugar in recipes, you can try cinnamon, nutmeg, almond extract, vanilla, ginger or lemon.
• Fruits canned in syrup – Avoid fruits canned in syrup. Choose fresh fruits instead.
• Low-fat or diet foods – Foods that have had the fat removed from them are often very high in sugar.
Avoiding all added sugar can be difficult for the average person. Make sure to read labels and be aware that food producers often disguise added sugar using alternative names, such as sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), dehydrated cane juice, fructose, glucose, dextrose, syrup, cane sugar, raw sugar and corn syrup. Remember, every individual is different, so you need to figure out what works for you and your diet.