Sugar cravings are something we all have and which we all have trouble controlling. You name it, we love it. Chocolate, ice cream, cake, cookies, double mocha frappuccinos, we love them all. But, without exception, these foods/drinks are poison for many of us.
The fact is that sugar cravings and moderation are an oxymoron. And therefore, foods with this high content is something we need to control. Indeed, a diet heavy on sugar is linked to linked to diabetes, obesity, and heart problems.
It’s not easy for us to ignore our love for sugar when double mocha frappuccinos are staring you in the face.
But, believe it or not, there are however, three easy ways to cut back on these cravings and thereby improve your health.
Sugar: Stop The Ketchup
Ketchup can mess up your diet big time. Just one tablespoon of ketchup contains 4 grams of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. For perspective, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 25 grams per day.
Try fresh or sauteed cherry tomatoes, a dash of hot sauce, or a spoonful of salsa. Choose from the many salsa brands that are sugar free. You will lose the calories but definitely not the sweet taste.
Sugar: Add Fats
Many experts believe that eating more healthy fat can help you break this bad habit. That’s because foods packed with good fats are more likely to satisfy you, and reduce cravings.
The best fats are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats like those found in olive oil and avocado. You can also choose from satiating sources of polyunsaturated fats like salmon, flax seeds and walnuts.
Some of the tastiest fat sources are but nutters with their creamy textures. For example, add a portion of almond butter to your oatmeal or melt a spoonful of peanut butter over a banana in the microwave. They taste great, carry a lot of nutrition, and they’re filling.
Getting used to no sugar might take a brief adjustment period, but you’ll feel better and be a lot healthier. Go for it.