Food for Thought: Tip #2 by Louise Andrews

Tip#2 – How sweet it is… or is it?? SUGAR, such as refined white table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and cane sugar, is prevalent in most of the foods we find on the supermarket shelf. Look at yogurt, spaghetti sauce, protein bars, ketchup, fruit juices, bread, baked beans, salsa, etc. Read labels to become aware of your daily consumption; for every 4 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar. We should not exceed 8-10 grams of sugar daily. Sugar is classified as an addictive substance and is the cause of most of our cravings. To cut back on sugary foods and minimize cravings, eat more naturally sweetened vegetables and some fruit, drink herbal teas, water or hot water. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, corn, carrots, radishes, sweet onions, leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard), can help reduce your cravings. Eating fresh fruit is the first step towards moving away from sugary foods.

It’s also important to move your body and exercise. The sugar that is not being used gets stored as fat which contributes to heart disease, Type II diabetes, low immune function and even cancer.

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