Now I'm not going to tell you you should avoid sugar at all cost - the occasional slice of cake definitely keeps me sane! The problem however, is with the sugar we consume on a daily basis, some of it without even realising.
We all know that cutting back on sugar has many health benefits, like helping with weight control, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes & reducing inflammation, so let's look at a few simple ways we can cut back on sugar so we can enjoy our cake every now & then without worrying about the consequences.
Cut out soft drinks & fruit juice - your average 375ml can of soft drink in Austalia contains around 10 teaspoons of sugar! 10 teaspoons! Could you imagine putting 10 teaspoons of sugar into your tea of coffee???
Sports drink contain around 9 teaspoons of sugar & energy drinks contain even more, at around 13 teaspoons of sugar. Wow. That's a lot of nutrient empty calories right there.
A 250ml cup of fruit flavoured drink has around 7 teaspoons of sugar & actual orange juice has 5 teaspoons.
You know what's a great option when you are thirsty? Water.
Read labels - take a look at the sugar content in things like bottled sauces, breakfast cereal, yoghurt & some canned foods. Surprising isn't it? When you start taking notice of food labels, you can really change the way you eat by selecting items with the least amount of sugar. Take pasta sauce for example, if you compare several varieties, you will notice quite a difference in the amount of sugar from jar to jar.
Cut back on the sugar in your coffee - now this one is easy! Sure it might take a day or two to get used to it, but it's definitely a change worth making, especially if you have a few hot drinks throughout the day...it adds up!
Making simple changes like these will help you to cut back your overall daily sugar intake, and if you make a couple of changes every week or every month, you'll notice that you aren't consuming anywhere near the amount of sugar you once were, and what's more, you don't miss it one little bit. Give it a try & break the sugar habit.