Sugar is a problem in most people’s diets – not because it is an “evil” ingredient, but because we eat too much of it without any consideration for its actual function…
You see, if you’re an elite athlete of some sort, then sugars can be used as a very functional part of your nutrition programme. But if you, like most of us, are moderately active (or less) and trying to get leaner, then lots of sugar is not for you.
So here are some of the best ways to cut your sugar intake – not to zero, but to ‘less than you’re eating now’ – which is better for you and your goals and a good step in the right direction.
1. Beware of processed foods
Processed and refined foods almost always contain a big chunk of sugar, even if the food is savoury.
Why? Because sugar makes EVERYTHING more palatable, which sells more products – and remember, that’s what food companies are in the business of doing. You will find added sugar in soups and pre-made stews, in pasta sauces, and other condiments including tomato sauce, mayo, chutney, etc….
So read your ingredient lists, and if sugar is near the top of the list, give that product a skip in favour of a healthier version. Better still, make it yourself so you know exactly what’s in your food. The simpler the better.