The truth about added sugar

There is no way around it. Added sugar is bad for you. In large doses, it wreaks havoc on your metabolism and increases your risk for all sorts of diseases.

And yet, sugar is added to so many things we eat – bread, tomato sauce, and even ketchup. That’s why it’s so hard to kick the sugar habit. But you can say “bye” to added sugar. To help you get there, here are a few tips to curb your intake.  

  • Increase your fruit and sweet vegetable consumption. The inherent fiber and nutrients in fruits and sweet veggies, like sweet potatoes and parsnips, change the way your body metabolizes their sugar. That means these items can satisfy your sweet tooth without the negative effects of added sugar. 
  • Eat balanced meals. Satiety crushes cravings. To create this feeling within your body, make sure your meals have healthy portions of protein, fat and carbs. A good rule of thumb is to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, a quarter with protein and a quarter with whole grains.
  • Move your body. Working out helps kick your sugar craving by balancing your insulin levels and managing stress levels. Try to find 30 minutes a day to move – be it walking, spinning or lifting. And feel free to break up the time into 10 or 15 minute slots. You don’t have to do it all at once.

Crowding our added sugar is literally one of the best things you can do for your health. So, give it a go. Your body will thank you.