Since we began a fresh year, what new decision have you and I taken to have a better health? Is it to eat healthy? Or cut down on the amount of sugar we consume? Or to Reduce or cut down on alcohol? Whatever your decision or mine may be, we need to be 100% committed to it.
Talking about Sugar, If you recall, in this post 10 Healthiest foods , we listed some healthy foods you should start eating. So in as much as we try to eat healthy, we need to be careful with the amount of sugar we take into our body.
According to Lisa Dreyer a nutritionist she says “We’ve seen an increase in risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, simply by consuming just one to two sugar-sweetened beverages each day. The WHO recommends adults and children reduce their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their daily energy intake — and says that reducing it to below 5% is even better. Managing sugar also means managing other aspects of your diet, including portion sizes.
But how can we regulate our sugar intake so we don’t go above our limit? Here are a few tips:
TIPS TO HELP YOU MANAGE SUGAR
- Look at the ingredients list, If sugar or any one of the following terms are listed high on the label, you want to avoid that food.
- Gradually cut back [on sugar] and consume more protein and fiber-rich foods, It can actually help curb sugar cravings as well. When we consume protein and fiber, ”it slows the rise in blood sugar if we consume it with a sugar-containing food. It can help satisfy us and help us reduce our sugar intake as well. ” says Drayer.
- Here is an advice from my doctor; add vegetables to your daily meal, that way the amount of sugar in your meal would be less pronounced.
So cutting down on sugar is not impossible. But, like other aspects of dieting and nutrition, it requires a conscious effort to manage.
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