Tips for reducing sugar intake

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Read the nutritional information on the food label

"Added sugars" are now shown under total carbohydrates on food labels. To figure out how much additional sugar you're consuming, look at the number of grams per serving. A good place to start is to try to keep your added sugar intake below the AHA's recommended.

Examine the food product's ingredient list

Sugar has at least 55 different names on food labels. Honey, sucrose, dextrose, maltose, cane syrup, molasses, molasses, high fructose corn syrup, carob syrup, corn syrup solids, dehydrated cane sugar, fruit juice, invert sugar, grape sugar, mannitol, raw sugar, rice syrup, sorbitol, beet sugar, and so on are some examples

Keep track of your sugar intake

Start by haggling with yourself to restrict yourself to one sweet each day if you eat a sweet twice a day — a midday granola bar and ice cream at night. After two weeks, you might think about cutting back on sweets to five days a week instead of seven, and so forth. Gradually lowering in this manner can help you from feeling completely deprived of your sweet pleasure while also preventing you from feeling guilty when you do indulge because it is part of your plan

Reduce portion size

If you do drink sugar-sweetened beverages, you might want to start by lowering the portion size: for example, from a 12-ounce glass to a 6 -ounce glass. Another option is to substitute flavored seltzer or water with a hint of lime or a splash of fruit juice for these beverages

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