Many people are unaware that sugary foods are not very healthy for our body. Some even go as far as taking more than required sugary foods without realizing how dangerous it could be to their health.
According to a report released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Americans consume an average of 17 teaspoons of added sugar daily while the recommended daily intake is 6 teaspoons for women and about 9 teaspoons for men by the American Heart Association.
Research has shed light on how sugar affects the brain in a way that resembles that of cocaine addiction. Eating sugar will trigger the release of dopamine, a feel good chemical, which will leave the person wanting more.
Eating too much sugar have been implicated in health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension and heart diseases.
Similarly, eating less sugar is responsible for better overall health and improved physical appearance, consistent energy levels and a reduction in the risk of diabetes and heart diseases.
Having seen the effects sugar have on our health, with a simple diet change and lifestyle modification, you can reduce the amount of sugar intake into your body. These changes are explained below.
Eat whole foods that contain natural sugar
Cutting back on added sugar is a good start to a healthy living. Always consider fresh fruits instead of buying beverage with added sugar. You can as well buy plain yoghurt and add fresh berries instead of getting for yourself a flavored yoghurt packed with sugar.
Try a clinical proven lozenge
Sweet defeat, a plant based lozenge has been attributed to helping reduce sugar consumption.
Indulge with dessert, not a sugary snack
Fight your sugar cravings by substituting them with desserts, if a completely sugar free life is not for you. When taken after a meal of lean protein, carbohydrate and healthy fats, desserts won’t have insignificant effect on your blood sugar level.
Consume foods high in minerals
It is advisable to consume those foods which are high in minerals like magnesium, zinc, chromium. These minerals are needed if the body is to perform very well. Their functions include regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels, maintaining a healthy heart and maintaining optimum insulin and glucose levels.
Walk it off
Whenever you feel the urge to take some sugary snack or hit the vending machine to get something sweet, take a walk instead. A simple couple of minutes’ walk is all you need to kill that urge and reduce that cravings for added sugar substances.