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Sugar: Sweet ‘poison’

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Eating lots of sugar is a surefire way to raise your risk of many different diseases, but reducing sugar can be very beneficially to your wellbeing.

Here are practical tips to help you reduce the amount of sugar you eat throughout the day.

• Avoid sugary drinks. Try drinking sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice instead.

• Don’t replace saturated fat with sugar. Many of us make the mistake of replacing healthy sources of saturated fat, such as whole milk dairy, with refined carbs or sugary foods, thinking we’re making a healthier choice. Low-fat doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, especially when the fat has been replaced by added sugar to make up for loss of taste.

• Avoid processed or packaged foods like canned soups, frozen dinners, or low-fat meals that often contain hidden sugar that quickly surpasses the recommended limit.

• Be careful when eating out.  Most gravy, dressings and sauces are also packed with salt and sugar, so ask for it to be served on the side.

• Eat healthier snacks.  Cut down on sweet snacks such as candy, chocolate, and cakes. Instead, eat naturally sweet food such as fruit, peppers, or natural peanut butter to satisfy your sweet tooth.


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