Yoram Yasur Blume | I bet you know all the problems caused by excessive consumption of sugar, from the risk of diabetes to the overweight. But the fact is that, one way or another, is always present in our diet. Especially when we consume processed foods…
How to moderate the intake?
Luckily, there are several easy ways to reduce sugar consumption.
No1. Understand that not all sugar is equal:
Did you thought it was the same eating sugary cereals as eating fresh fruit? No, the truth is that it is not the same. While the sugar in cereals is refined, the sugar in fruits is natural.
And the liver processes it differently. So when you are carving something sweet go for fruits instead of sweets snacks and refined sugars.
No 2. Detect sugar in your food:
The food industry uses many different words to refer to sugar, so you can often be consuming it without even realizing it, “juice dry cane”, “syrup”, “molasses” and “sucrose”.
They all mean sugar so you better get familiar with these concepts to discover them on food labels.
Always opt for natural sugar or no sugar at all, but don’t get confused, the no sugar, no carbs like coke zero are as harmful as refined sugar.
No 3. Avoid soft drinks:
Did you know that a single glass of soda may contain the entire amount of sugar you should eat in a day?
And the light or sugar-free drinks are no better, because the sweeteners are not good for health.
The solution? Drink water, unsweetened tea or fruit flavored water because natural is the best option!
No 4. Choose the version without sugar:
In the supermarket sure you will find several food options that offer the version without sugar: soy milk until applesauce, canned fruits and nut butters.
“To reduce consumption of sugar, choose the sugar-free version, then you can add your favorite sweetener and the appropriate amount”.
No 5. Make shopping when you’re satisfied:
Yoram Yasur Blume: “One of the worst mistakes we make is to go to the grocery store hungry. Because that makes us prefer the fatty and sugary foods”.
If you shop when you’re satisfied, you’ll make better decisions.
No 6. Prefer natural sweeteners:
Nature gives us delicious and sweet fruits to satisfy our cravings for sweets, so why not take advantage of it?
Our body process better these sugars, and are further enriched with fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Do you think you’re consuming too much sugar? What is your strategy to reduce consumption?