Eating too much sugar can contribute to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, and tooth decay.
Fruits and vegetables have natural sugar, but because they also contain many healthy vitamins and minerals, this type of sugar doesn’t have the same negative effect as the artificial kind. The health problems come from the added sugars in processed foods.
Here are a few suggestions on how to cut back on sugar in your diet:
Pop, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks contain about 44% added sugar. Even seemingly healthy drinks such as smoothies, fruit juices, and cold brew coffee can include a lot of sugar. Try replacing such drinks with sugar-free ones such as water, sparkling water with a slice of lemon or lime, herbal or fruit tea, unsweetened tea or black coffee. Cutting back on sugary drinks can help reduce your sugar intake and help you lose weight.
You can also make an effort to avoid overly sweet cakes, cookies, and pies. Such desserts cause blood sugar spikes and can leave you feeling tired, hungry, and craving more sugar. You’ll find that over time, when you eat less sugar, the cravings actually start going away!
People don’t always realize just how much sugar is found in ketchup, chili sauces and other condiments. Sure, they taste good, but these empty calories associated with the sugar intake can lead to increased appetite and weight gain. Set such condiments aside.
Another way to curb nasty sugar cravings is by eating more protein and fat-rich whole foods. To help add protein to your diet, try any of our PlantCuts “deli” and “meat” products, all made in-house. Not only are they satisfying, they are filling. PlantCuts manages to capture authentic flavors in all their products, and this is enticing to vegans, vegetarians, and everyday folks.
Cutting out sugar does not have to mean cutting back on flavor. But it can mean that you do have to get used to making new food choices to get you started on your healthy way. At PlantCuts, we’re happy to help you with that.