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How to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Watch more Healthy Eating videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Reduce your sugar intake to improve your health. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Eat whole foods Eat natural whole foods such as meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains without added sugar. Step 2: Go half and half Mix a half serving of regular variety foods or beverages with a half serving of low-sugar options. For instance, add a half cup sweetened yogurt to a half cup plain yogurt. Enjoy a half cup regular juice with a half cup seltzer water. Next, switch to a one-quarter sweetened, three-quarters unsweetened concoction until you've phased out the sugar. Step 3: Avoid sugar traps Avoid regular sodas and most breakfast cereals, both of which are chock-full of sugar. Read labels on salad dressings and condiments, and avoid those whose main ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. Tip Be wary of sugar substitutes -- while they replace sugar in baked goods and sodas, there is evidence that they can cause other health problems. Step 4: Enjoy desserts sparingly Make up your own rules about when you can indulge in sweet desserts. Perhaps you do so only on the weekends, or only when dining out. Tip Serve up fresh fruit or cheese as a dessert substitute. While fruit is high in sugar, it beats chocolate cake and ice cream as a healthful option. Step 5: Add more protein Fill up on snacks high in protein, like nuts or beef jerky to head off a sugar craving. Remember, the less you fill up on sugar, the less sugar you will crave. Did You Know? As of 2007, in adults aged 20 to 74, diabetes was the #1 cause of new cases of blindness.
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