After the excesses of Christmas have passed, many of us start looking at ways we can change our lifestyle. A lot of people start healthy eating plans and hit the gym, and may want to reduce the amount of sugar in their diet.
Sugar can be found in its natural state in many fruits, vegetables and dairy products (as fructose or lactose). It is vital for our bodies to function and is a relatively harmless carbohydrate.
However, when sugar is added to foods and drinks during processing to add flavour, colour or texture it can become a problem. Processed sugar is full of empty calories and causes a number of health issues – the most obvious being weight gain – but it can also mess with your metabolism, drive your insulin levels up, increase your blood pressure and cause dental issues.
Reducing your sugar intake can have a positive effect on your weight, your general mood, energy levels, your skin and your brain.
So if you would like to reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, what’s the best way to do it? Here’s a few handy hints and tips:
Hopefully this has given you a few ideas to help you reduce your sugar intake. If you have any other tips you would like to suggest, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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