On average, we consume 57 pounds of added sugar per person every year. Increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and depression are just a few of the negative effects that can occur when eating more sugar than recommended. These facts are of course alarming and show just how important it is for us to reduce how much sugar we’re ingesting. Here are a few ways you can hack your lifestyle to make sure you’re cutting out sugar where it isn’t necessary
1. Order Only Water at Restaurants
When eating out, grabbing a drink with your order is seen as a must. However, your drink doesn't have to be a soda or juice. Instead, ask for a water. Not only is water a cheaper option, but it also cuts out a lot of sugar from your meal. A single 12 fl oz can of coke has 39 grams of sugar, more than the recommended daily limit. So next time you go out to eat, remember to grab that glass of water instead of the sugar filled drink.
2. Avoid Sugary Desserts
Desserts are often loaded with a huge amount of sugar, and usually don’t have that much of a nutritional benefit. Instead of eating a traditional dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, try having a healthier alternative. Dark chocolate, berries, dates, and greek yogurt are great natural options for desert. Other than decreasing the amount of sugar you're having, these healthier options also increase the amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in your diet.