Cutting the sugar from your diet may be the single most important change you can do to improve your health. Sugar is everywhere and Americans consume far too much of it. The increasing amount of sugar in our diets has led to rising cases of obesity and type 2 diabetes. If you want to live a healthier life then sugar needs to go. Here are 4 tips for eliminating sugar from your diet.
- Give up the Sweet Drinks
Plenty of people are willing to give up donuts but completely unwilling to give up Coke or think Diet Coke doesn’t do them any harm. That is not the case at all. Another common problem is thinking that fruit juices are good for you when they contain almost as much sugar as soda does. We have been conditioned since childhood to think that juice is part of a healthy breakfast. The latest craze are energy drinks and sports beverages, both of which contain extremely high amounts of sugar. If you aren’t eating sugar don’t drink it either.
- Cut Back on the Fruit
This is a bit controversial because while fresh fruit has plenty of nutrients it also has fructose. You have to balance the good with the bad. Limit your fruit to one serving per day and choose less sugary options like berries rather than sweet fruits like pineapple. Fruit is another way of satisfying a sweet tooth so be careful that you aren’t overdoing it. Try different snacks like nuts or vegetables with healthy dips like hummus or guacamole.
- Stop Drinking Low Fat Milk
The dairy industry has been advertising for years on how “milk, does a body good” and it does, just not the kind they are advertising. While 2% milk does have less fat it has far more lactose, which millions of people cannot digest anyway. One glass of milk has almost 3 teaspoons of sugar. If you don’t drink dairy and opt for milk substitutes like soy milk, those are every bit as bad. If you are a coffee drinker then use real cream, just skip the sugar.
- Soy is Not Your Friend
There is a lot of mixed science on whether or not soy is good for you, soy producers claim that soy is good for you but scientists from Harvard University disagree. Soy also contains phytoestrogens and antinutrients that can interfere with the metabolism of iodine. The phytoestrogens in soy can also interfere with the production of testosterone in men. While soy doesn’t have anything to do with sugar beyond the fact that you will find it in many sugary foods and it doesn’t serve your nutritional needs.