Okay, you’re aware of what you eat right? You pass on the office donut round, say, “no thank you” when asked if you’d like a piece of birthday cake, request, “sugar free” on your regular Starbuck’s run and even switched to red wine all in an effort to cut down on your sugar consumption. But did you know that there’s still a long list of foods you likely never even thought of where sugar lurks, just waiting to wreck your next weigh-in? Thankfully, Health.com has provided us with 10 amazing tips for cutting sugar from your diet today!
Cut the sweetness: You may not be eating Oreos by the roll or guzzling cans of Coke, but that doesn’t mean sugar’s absent from your diet. You’re likely eating sugar throughout the day without even realizing it, says Amari Thomsen, RD, owner of Chicago-based nutrition consulting practiceEat Chic Chicago. Sugar is added to foods that don’t even taste all that sweet, like breads, condiments, and sauces. And it adds up: although the American Heart Association recommends women consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugar per day (or about 100 calories), most of us take in double that. (One note: we’re talking about addedsugar, not the naturally occurring sugars found in dairy and fruit.) A high-sugar diet boosts your odds oftooth decay, heart disease, anddiabetes, not to mention weight gain. Slash your sugar intake now with these 10 expert tips.
Read food labels: You’ll quickly realize just how often sugar is added to foods when you look for it on ingredients lists. “Even things that you don’t think are sweet, like tomato sauce, crackers, condiments, and salad dressings can be packed with sugar,” says Diane Sanfilippo, certified nutrition consultant and author of The 21 Day Sugar Detox. Ingredients are listed in order of how much exists in the product, so if sugar’s near the top, that’s a red flag.
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