Sugar is a natural, sweet substance derived from plant extracts of sugarcane and beet. A vital part of a balanced diet and important source of energy, sugar is a chief flavouring agent in savoury dishes and desserts. However, if consumed in excess it could lead to serious health issues, such as high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Here are eight ways to help you cut down on your sugar consumption.
Be aware of sugar substitutes
Corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, malt syrup and fruit juice concentrates are all unhealthy sugar substitutes.
Cut down on sauces
Although great with pakoras, sauces are high in sugar as many of them contain fructose corn syrup. Switch to homemade sauces instead.
Cut down on quantity
While baking or cooking, use only half, or three- fourth of the prescribed portion of sugar.
Don’t go fake
Artificial sugar sweeteners, or ‘sugar-free’ food items may contain hidden sugars which promote weight gain.
Read food labels
Opt for food and drink items with ‘no-added sugar’.
Shun energy bars
Though a good source of protein and fiber, most contain granola, which is high in fats, sugar and calories.
Steer clear of packaged fruit juices and energy drinks
These are a whirlpool of unhealthy sugars. Prepare juices and energy shakes at home to really reap their benefits.
Use natural substitutes
Choose natural fruit juice, honey or cinnamon as your sweetening agents.