We’re realists at Myvitamins HQ – we understand that a diet of lettuce leaves and plain old oats might not be everyone’s bag. But ‘just one more’ biscuit with your cuppa and that odd Krispy Kreme in the office might be impacting your body more than you think…
Sugar itself may be sweet, but knowing about the health risks can leave a rather bitter taste in your mouth. These include but aren’t limited to: higher risk of obesity, heart disease, cardiovascular complications and increased blood pressure.
For these reasons, the World Health Organization (WHO) has just announced that it is cutting its recommended sugar intake for adults in half, from the original 10 percent of total daily calories to five percent. For the average adult, that’s about 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons a day. That’s less than the average high-street chocolate bar!
It’s not all bad…
While the stats sound scary, we’ve come up with 5 simple ways you can cut down on the white stuff.
- Beware of ‘hidden’ sugars! Just because it’s not dripping in syrup, it doesn’t mean it’s sugar-friendly. Tons of typically savoury foods (including processed soups, potted pasta sauces and breads) are the worst culprits for sugar content – so check your labels and make meals from scratch when you can. You might even find yourself saving some dosh in the process!
- Don’t add sugar. There’s sugar in almost everything we eat, so your body won’t thank you for an extra teaspoon (or two) in your morning tea, coffee or porridge. Switch to sweetener or zero-sugar syrup if you must or better yet – go cold turkey. It might take a while to adapt to the taste if you’re used to adding extra, but you’ll look and feel better for it!
- Eat natural. The sugars found in fresh fruit are far better for you than the artificial kind lurking inside the biscuit tin – so why not swap that afternoon bourbon for some fresh fruit or a small pot of natural yoghurt?
- Drink more water. Sounds a bit daft, but sometimes when you feel peckish it’s your body’s way of letting you know it’s dehydrated. Keep a bottle on your desk and drink plenty throughout the day to curb those pesky cravings.
- Treat yo-self! Low-sugar doesn’t have to mean boring. Why not experiment with healthy versions of your favourites? Use wholemeal flour and fruit as bases for your cakes or substitute the sweet stuff with Agave syrup.