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How To Eat Less Sugar Without Feeling Deprived

Updated: Jul 6


Nutrition pros share their top tips for cutting back how much sugar you eat, without leaving you craving the sweet stuff.


Eating more fresh foods,cooking at home, drinking more water and exercise all top the list when it comes to being healthy. But you can do all of that and still not be in optimum health, especially if you engage in certain habits. One of the hardest bad habits to kick? Eating too much sugar. 


Cutting down your sugar intake is a simple way to improve your diet and health overall -- but it's certainly not easy. Consuming too much sugar, especially added sugar, is linked to health risks like heart diseasefatty liver diseasehigh blood pressure and chronic inflammation. Whether you love desserts or think that you're consuming more sugar than you realize, and want to cut back, doing so is a smart move for your health.


Health authorities like the US Office of Disease Prevention and the World Health Organization recommend that you should get no more than 10% of your daily calories from added sugar each day. Another way to look at that amount is to limit your sugar intake to no more than 6 teaspoons, or 25 grams total. You'll want to keep track of how much sugar you actually add to your food and drinks, but also what's in prepackaged food or food from restaurants. 

That said, if you have a sweet tooth or have never tracked your sugar intake before, it can be hard to cut back. Sugar is a highly addictive food and is lurking around in many processed foods, condiments, drinks and even foods you may think are pretty healthy, like granola bars or cereal.

If you're looking for helpful tips to help you curb your sugar intake, below, a health coach and nutrition consultant share their tried-and-true tips that they utilize themselves and with their clients.


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