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Going sugar-free? Here's what you need to know!

Going sugar-free? Here's what you need to know!

Whether you suffer from diabetes or simply want to switch to healthier lifestyle, removing refined sugar from your diet is a great way to begin your journey.

Numerous research show that cutting down on sugary foods aids weight loss and reduces your risk of common health issues associated with consuming sugars in excessive amounts.

These are:

  • diabetes
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • digestive problems
  • autoimmune conditions

There are few types of sugar free diet.

Most people aim to reduce consumption of refined sugars only, which allows fruit (but not juices) and vegetables and restricts all added sugars, honey and processed foods that contain sugars.

Others cut sugar completely, restricting all foods that have added sugars as well as fruit and any vegetables that contain natural sugars such as peas, carrots and parsnips.

Why would anyone go this extreme?

Two words: sugar addiction.

In her popular blog, Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow cites sugar addiction as one of the reasons she decided to quit sugar completely.

"The bottom line is that sugar works the addiction and reward pathways in the brain in much the same way as many illegal drugs," she writes. "Sugar is basically a socially acceptable, legal, recreational drug with deadly consequences."

So, what's the best way to avoid sugar?

  • avoid sugary snacks, such as  such as fizzy and energy drinks, cakes, cookies, ice creams, pies, sweet rolls, pastries and donuts
  • when baking cakes, reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe by a third
  • try replacing sugar in recipes with extracts or spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, almond or vanilla
  • replace sugar on cereal or oatmeal with fruit
  • always read the ingredient list on food products before you purchase them. There are 56 different names of sugar and manufacturers are very clever when it comes to hiding added sugars from us, consumers. Check out Women's Health magazine infographic listing those names:

56 Different Names for Sugar | Women's Health Magazine

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