Everyone loves the taste of something sweet, which in most cases is caused by added sugar.
First of all, let’s answer the question: What is sugar?
Sugar is a carbohydrate. Glucose is the most common carbohydrate and the most important and quickest source of energy.
Refined sugar in processed foods is the bad one as it has no vital substances or fiber. It has literally no use for the functions of our body. Overconsumption of sugar can be linked to several diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
I personally try to limit my consumption of sugar as much as I can, but I do like to indulge in sweets once in a while.
A few other things that have helped me reduce my sugar consumption are:
- Substitute sugar with dried fruit like dates, dried figs and raisins
- Spice things up with cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.
- Substitute overripe bananas (e.g. add to oatmeal or as sweetener in many recipes)
- Try to not consume anything sweet for 2 weeks, your taste buds will adapt very quickly and you will crave it less
- Use dark chocolate or cocoa powder
- Drink herbal teas with a lot of flavour (especially fruit)
- Make healthy vegan desserts out of raw ingredients
- Try to eat more nuts (fat content can reduce sugar craving)
- Try to eat more fruit and don’t be scared of the sugar in it (check blogpost)
- Swap out the soda for flavoured water (cold water with orange, lemon, cucumber, strawberry slices)
Lastly, I would say that you should always make sure to check food labels, as there is sugar in almost anything! Check out this blogpost for the different names sugar can have.