It’s common that we crave sugar every now and then, even those of us who are good keeping to our diets.
Here are 5 proven ways to combat your sugar cravings,
- Swap out sugar for natural sweeteners that don’t impact your blood sugar such as Xylitol and Stevia.
- Start your day with at least 20grams of protein.
- Consider supplementing your diet with schizandra – a natural herb/berry that restores normal blood sugar levels and can help reduce need for sugar.
- Consider supplementing with chromium.
- Add more greens to your diet through smoothies.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and SRI International in California have found that anti-smoking drugs may actually be useful in combating sugar cravings.
The study conducted on rats found that Champix (Varenicline) which is used to help people stop smoking could also help combat cravings for sugary food and drinks.
The drug works because it targets the “reward pathways” of the brain, areas responding to stimuli. These can range from illegal drugs to gambling, to sugary foods. Source: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/04April/Pages/Anti-smoking-drug-may-also-help-combat-sugar-cravings.aspx
A leading diabetes expert says Australia should consider a sugar tax, similarly to The UK.
Professor Stephen Colagiuri says implementation of the sugar tax is one way the Government could tackle the problem.
The professor is the only Australian contributor to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) inaugural global report on Diabetes.
We all know by now that too much sugar can lead to high cholesterol, high blood sugar and lead to greater risks of cancer, diabetes and heart disease so removing sugar from your diet is the first step of taking control of your diet and your health.
It is useful to identify the harmful sugars which are artificially made and those that are naturally occurring so that you can cut out the bad ones.
Fibre and antioxidants can be found in naturally occurring sugars so they are better for your health.
For your week by week to-do list go to http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/04/02/how-to-eliminate-sugar-from-your-diet-in-21-days.html
A recent article warned about the hidden sugar content in a number of so-called “healthy” beverages.
Some of the drinks that contain more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), surprisingly include Vitamin Water, Vita Coco coconut water and Naked Kale Blazer.
Just because you think something is “healthy” doesn’t mean it has a low sugar intake, read this article and see why.
Over half of all Australians consume more than the maximum recommended daily intake of added sugars, research from the University of Sydney stated. Experts have labelled the revelation as alarming.
The study was published in The British Journal of Nutrition.
Children and adolescents exhibited the worst eating behaviour, with 76 per cent of children aged 9 to 13 exceeded the guidelines for daily sugar intake. We shouldn’t be consuming more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day.
The biggest culprits are sugar sweetened beverages were revealed as the greatest source of added sugar in the nation’s diet.