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Healthy Resolution Ideas: Cut Down on Sugar

By Joanna Karpasea-Jones
 
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“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn't true, at least under the conditions of our tests.” (8)

• Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
Consumption of fructose sugar can lead to intestinal bacterial overgrowth and make them more permeable, leading to non-alcholic fatty liver disease. (9)

• Sugar substitutes like aspartame aren’t a healthy alternative, either.

According to an FDA docket of information on aspartame, studies have shown a link between aspartame containing diet drinks and brain tumors, memory loss, and other deleterious effects. When aspartame is consumed, it can convert into formaldehyde, a cancer causing substance, and accumulate within your cells.

Chronic pain conditions can also be caused by aspartame. Some sufferers of fibromyalgia completely recovered after eliminating aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) from their diet. (10)

How Do I Reduce Sugar in My Diet?

Look at the ingredients of the foods you buy carefully. The largest quantity of ingredient is always listed first and the smallest ingredient is listed last so if you have sugar, sucrose, fructose or other sugar additive listed near the top of the list, your product contains a larger percentage of sugar. Cut these kinds of items out of your diet.

Reduce or cut out sodas, even diet sodas.

Getting fruit juice directly from the fruit is healthier than drinking refined fruit juices. Many commercial brands also have sugar or sweeteners added, so eat plenty of juicy fruits and drink water instead.

If you drink tea or coffee, leave out the sugar.

If you are fond of cookies and cakes, bake your own using sugar-free recipes.

When cooking, you can sometimes use honey as a natural sweetener. It is in its raw state so has not been associated with the same ill health conditions that sugar and fructose have.

Only use honey for people over the age of one year, as it may cause botulism infection in babies.

Honey can also be used to sweeten herbal teas.

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