Sugar, Sugar

Sugar, Sugar
16 October 2017
Cutting back on your sugar intake is a great way to move closer towards a healthier lifestyle.

Cutting back on your sugar intake is a great way to move closer towards a healthier lifestyle. By cutting down on how much sugar you consume each day, you’ll be taking a positive step towards preventing Diabetes, the onset of obesity and a host of other lifestyle-related diseases.

How much sugar should you have every day?
Consuming some sugar is relatively normal for each one of us. Many of us stir a teaspoon of sugar into our tea, while others may take two. Every day, however, there is a limit to the amount of sugar we should be consuming. According to a host of health organisatons, including Discovery Health, adult men should not consume more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day, and women just 6 teaspoons of sugar per day. And while you may think ditching sugar from your morning tea is the answer, it may not be.

Read your labels
Hidden sugars, most often found in processed foods, sauces, condiments, soft drinks, and more, are the real problem. For example, consuming just one can of a fizzy soft drink equates to far more than the recommended daily sugar allowance for adults, never mind children. Add in the hidden sugars you might find in other food items, and it’s easy to see how many of us are consuming far more sugar than we should every day.

Natural sugars
Here’s the good news though, if you’re trying to cut back on your sugar intake: not all sugar is bad. In fact, naturally occurring sugars, like the ones found in fruit and vegetables, are a great source of energy and flavour. Apples, honey, bananas, carrots, and even yoghurt contain natural sugars. The sugar you need to cut down on, however, is not hidden within delicious fruit and crunchy vegetables – it’s in the processed food items you need to avoid.

What happens when you ditch sugar
Cutting sugar out of your diet completely can be difficult, but it’s not insurmountable. Finding healthier alternatives for sweetening your tea may take a little while, but you’ll find solutions you enjoy along the way. The first week or two may be a little difficult, as your body adjusts to a new way of operating. Some people experience headaches, and a few days of feeling a bit strange, but can quickly adjust to their body’s sugar-free life. Of course, if you’re thinking about ditching sugar from your diet, you should consult with your doctor first. It may be good for your waistline, but soon it may also be good for your budget too, as South Africa looks towards implementing the sugar tax in 2018.

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