Reduce Sugar – 7 Tips to Reduce Sugar in Your Diet

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A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...
A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reduce sugar in your diet should be a major concern for anyone. The average American diet contains too much of the sweet substance, posing some major health concerns. Here are 7 Great Tips on how you can reduce sugar in your diet:

  1. Shop for colour. The more your shopping basket looks like a cornucopia of colour, the better. It usually means you’re getting more fresh vegetables and fruits such as berries and cherries.
  2. Remember fat-free or sugar-free products are not calorie-free. Look at the label where it says ‘total sugars‘ and divide the number of grams by four. That’s the number of teaspoons of sugar you are ingesting. This exercise alone should scare you off sugar for good.
  3. Diet. Intake of low carb diet is perhaps the most well known way to reduce blood sugar level. Good examples of low carbohydrate foods include soy milk, pearled barley, and kippered herring. High fiber foods such as dry beans, oatmeal, bran or raisin bran cereal, whole grain bread and peanuts help to manage diabetes. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  4. Get plenty of good quality sleep. Not getting enough sleep can cause the body to not be able to process glucose effectively. You can help reduce blood sugar by getting plenty of rest.
  5. Get More Vinegar When You Can. An acid that appears in vinegar might actually help break down the sugar before it gets to your bloodstream. It can also be a powerful appetite suppressant. So where should get this vinegar from? You can add vinaigrette dressing to your salad. Or you can eat pickles or other pickled vegetables. Or you just ask for vinegar on your sub at the sandwich shop.
  6. Avoid sodas, bottled processed fruit drinks and pre-sweetened teas. You are essentially drinking sugar in water. Sparkling water with fresh lemon or lime is refreshing; herbal teas sweetened with a teaspoon of clover honey are delicious for a treat.
  7. Eliminate fruit juice. It sounds healthy, but it’s really only a pure sugar hit with none of the fibre and less of the nutrients found in raw fruit.
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