Simple tricks to reduce your sugar intake
Sugar is everywhere. Not just in your favourite dessert, but also in some unsuspicious foods like bread, salad dressing or even chicken nuggets.
The problem? Our body isn’t ready to process that amount of sugar on a daily basis. Especially as this happens pretty much every single day.
According to the WHO, we shouldn’t have more than 25 grams per day. It may sound like it is a lot, but it isn’t. Trust me! Especially as it can be quite hard to have a sugar free diet.
Here are a few tips to reduce your sugar intake on a daily basis:
Stop adding sugar to your coffee/tea
It’s overwhelming how much sugar you can easily add up to your diet without even noticing. Especially if you have more than one cup per day. Start by gradually reducing the sugar you add up to your drink or swap it for a healthier alternative - coconut sugar, agave, stevia…
Read the labels
If a product has more than 15 grams of sugar per 100 grams of product, put it back in the shelf. My recommendation? 10 grams of sugar (or under) per 100 grams of product.
Check for different names
Sugar doesn’t always appear under the name sugar. It can also be called inverted sugar, maltodextrose, sucrose, inverted sugar, glucose, fructose… Just get familiarised with the names so you can make smarter choices the next time you’re at the supermarket.
Have sweet vegetables
Sugar cravings? Sweet vegetables like pumpkin or sweet potato can be a huge help. This way, you can have that sweet taste that you need so much… without adding refined sugar into your diet.
Get some rest!
Sometimes sugar cravings are related to lack of sleep/rest. Yes, sugar will give you an energy boost… but you’ll also feel a crash soon after that. Make sure to have some proper rest, drink water and eat nourishing foods.