Eating too much sugar can contribute to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, cancer, and tooth decay.
Fruits and vegetables have natural sugar, but because they also contain many healthy vitamins and minerals, this type of sugar doesn’t have the same negative effect as the artificial kind. The health problems come from the added sugars in processed foods.
Here are a few suggestions on how to cut back on sugar in your diet:
Pop, energy drinks, sports drinks, and fruit drinks contain about 44% added sugar. Even seemingly healthy drinks such as smoothies, fruit juices, and cold brew coffee can include a lot of sugar. Try replacing such drinks with sugar-free ones such as water, sparkling water with a slice of lemon or lime, herbal or fruit tea, unsweetened tea or black coffee. Cutting back on sugary drinks can help reduce your sugar intake and help you lose weight.
You can also make an effort to avoid overly sweet cakes, cookies, and pies. Such desserts cause blood sugar spikes and can leave you feeling tired, hungry, and craving more sugar. You’ll find that over time, when you eat less sugar, the cravings actually start going away! SUUP works hard to offer a selection of healthy baked goods, and we do so by reducing the amount of sugar we bake with by approximately 30%. Our products might have less sugar, but they certainly don’t lack flavour!
Try our Apple Turnover or our Chocolate Swirled Babka. Yes, they are still sweet, but mildly so; they don’t have that cloying sweetness that many desserts have. In caring about our customers and their health, we recognize that sugar does not have to go hand in hand with flavour.
People don’t always realize just how much sugar is found in ketchup, chili sauces and other condiments. Sure, they taste good, but these empty calories associated with the sugar intake can lead to increased appetite and weight gain. Set such condiments aside and instead try some of SUUP’s spreads, which have 1 gram of sugar or less per 1 or 2 tablespoons. Our Lemon Lovers’ Hummus, Amba, Matbucha, and Harissa will dress up your food and add great flavour,
while [hopefully] staying off your hips!
Another way to curb nasty sugar cravings is by eating more protein and fat-rich whole foods. To help add protein to your diet, try any of SUUP’s “deli” cuts and “meat” products, all made in-house. Not only are they satisfying, they are filling.
Cutting out sugar does not have to mean cutting back on flavour. But it can mean that you do have to get used to making new food choices to get you started on your healthy way. At SUUP, we’re happy to help you with that.