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Obessed with Sugar – How to reduce sugar in your diet

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People’s sugar intake has dramatically risen in recent years. More and more people are not only gaining a lot of weight but are also losing their teeth because they are consuming too much sugar – be it in the food they eat or the beverage that they drink. Kids, especially, are given way too much sugar and it results in dental problems at an early age. How is it that almost everybody has become addicted to sugar?

These days, parents are not too strict anymore with what they give their children. Kids are allowed to eat junk food more often than they should. They have sweets all the time so it is no wonder that these children grow up accustomed to having them. Gums and candies are probably the worst culprits. These are very small things but we often find our kids with them especially when kids use their pocket money to buy them.  So, if you find yourself or someone you care about addicted to sugar and want to reduce sugar intake, there are many ways in which you can do that. Sugar is being converted into acid inside our mouth and then it attacks the enamel of out tooth. This is one of the important reasons why we need to cut down on our sugar intake.

It is never easy to cut down on sugar intake. Most of us can’t really live without taking a little bit of sugar. However, a little bit or in moderation is always what’s important. Going cold turkey may work for some but not most. So here are a few tips on how to reduce sugar intake effectively.

  • Do not go cold turkey. However, you should cut down your intake by half. For example, if you are used to having dessert every after lunch AND dinner, you should only choose one meal to have dessert after. After a few days, have dessert only every other day. You are just training yourself to not have sugar for longer periods of time until such time that you will only have one if it is truly deserved. You may also start with cutting your sugar intake with coffee.
  • When you are craving for sweets, go and buy fruits instead. There are many fruits that are kind of sweet but won’t have as much sugar content as dessert or candy.
  • If you really want to have dessert after a meal, make sure that the rest of the meal does not contain high sugar such as syrup, dressings and, most of all, soft drinks.

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