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Tips for reducing sugar intake

It’s no secret that sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay and other dental problems.

Kicking the habit is no easy task, but with a little willpower and some proven sugar reduction techniques, you can make a serious dent in the amount of sugar you consume on a daily basis.

Here are some easy tips to get you started.

Eliminate sugary drinks

Sodas and other sugary drinks account for a whopping one-third of all “added sugar” caloric consumption in the United States. This means that removing sugary drinks from your diet is easily the most effective way to make a real impact on sugar intake.

A typical twelve-ounce can of cola contains about nine teaspoons of added sugars. Imagine what nine teaspoons of sugar would look like piled up on the counter. Switch from soda to water or sugar free herbal teas and watch your sugar consumption plummet.

It’s about balance

Keep a check on your cortisol levels by making sure you’re getting sufficient sleep and by reducing your stress levels. Lowering your cortisol levels will make you less likely to reach for that Snickers bar.

The next time you have a sudden urge to devour a box of cookies, stop and take a closer look at what’s driving you. Are you really experiencing a sugar craving or is that report that’s due first thing tomorrow sending your stress levels through the gingerbread house ceiling?

If it’s the latter, back away from the sugary treats and find a quick alternative, like going for a short jog. A burst of physical activity, no matter how brief, can get your stress levels back in balance and your sugar cravings under control.

Send your taste buds back to school

While it’s certainly hard to kiss sugar goodbye at the start, once you’ve established new eating habits, your taste buds can come around. When you find yourself reaching for a piece of cake stop yourself and grab the apple next to it.