How To Cut Your Sugar Intake
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How to cut your sugar intake

Even if you've finally managed to ditch your late night kebab habit and are hitting the gym semi-regularly, you might still not be getting the results that you'd envisioned. This could be due to a number of reasons, but it's also highly likely that sugar is the culprit. Although we do need sugar to function, the sheer amount that we consume often doubles, or even triples the amount necessary to survive. Follow the steps below and you could cut your bad sugar habit, leaving more room for a sweet treat on occasion!

Jonty Simmons ― 26 Feb 2016
Drink (alcohol) smarter
It’s obvious that alcohol’s bad for you, but it’s even worse when it’s loaded with sugar. Alcohol and sugar have similar effects on the liver, and they’re the very definition of toxic. Alcoholic favourites like cider and pre-mixed can have the recommended daily amount of sugar in one pint, and we all know that it’s never just one drink. If shots aren’t your sort of thing, the tried and true cocktail of a vodka lime and soda is both refreshing and lacking in a ridiculous amount of sugar. Never drink on an empty stomach either! It slows your metabolism, and there’s a higher chance you’ll feel the dreaded stomach pains; never a good combination!

Don't buy into the juice hype
Fruit is healthy, so that means the juice must be as well right? Turns out that the majority of companies and their marketing have worked out that’s the best way to sell juice, but it doesn’t mean it’s true. Fruit juice concentrate is even worse, so if your aim is to cut down on your sugar intake, concentrate is the wrong way to go. Even if it has “no added sugar” check the back of the label and if it ends in –ose, it’s a derivative of sugar. If waking up with a glass of juice is the only way to start your day, try swapping it for a glass of water with lemon squeezed in. You'll feel more refreshed and be healthier for it!

Ditch the white
White bread and white rice are absolute killers in this department, as they’re often a staple part of an everyday diet. Luckily enough there’s an array of alternatives that are often right next to these on the supermarket shelves. Whole grain bread and rice drop the sugar content significantly, and you may even love the different flavours they add to your meals!

Dressings on dressings
Adding tomato sauce to that incredibly healthy quiche? Turns out that’s pretty much ruined your chance of truly being able to say you've stuck to your diet, as sauces and dressings are often hidden traps for high sugar content. If you must use them, use them sparingly. However, in order to maximise the flavour you feel you're missing, try adding different spices and ingredients such as chilli, Paprika onions and garlic. You'll feel more like a masterchef, and won't need to rely on sugar heavy condiments to drown out the natural flavours. It's a win win!

Cranberry replacement
Adding tomato sauce to that incredibly healthy quiche? Turns out that’s pretty much ruined your chance of truly being able to say you've stuck to your diet, as sauces and dressings are often hidden traps for high sugar content. If you must use them, use them sparingly. However, in order to maximise the flavour you feel you're missing, try adding different spices and ingredients such as chilli, Paprika onions and garlic. You'll feel more like a masterchef, and won't need to rely on sugar heavy condiments to drown out the natural flavours. It's a win win!

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