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3 Ways to Beat Your Sugar Habit

By Kai Wade - Director of Communications & Social Media | October 10th, 2014




Americans consume 23 teaspoons of added sugar a day. The sugar you swallow lands in your stomach, where it's weakened by digestive extracts and carried into your small intestine. Enzymes break it into what is known as — glucose and fructose. ​

Too much fructose lowers HDL, or "good" cholesterol, and triggers the production of triglycerides, a type of fat that can travel from the liver to the arteries, raising your risk for heart attack or stroke. With your pancreas in overdrive, and entirely inflamed, you are now at even higher risk for obesity and diabetes. Fight the sugar crave with these simple tips from Mike Roussell, Ph.D., Author of The 6 Pillars of Nutrition.

No More Soda

Start by replacing regular soda with diet soda to reduce calories while you still maintain your sugary fix. Casually make the switch to seltzer with a slice of citrus.

Sweeten Yogurt Naturally

Pre-sweetened yogurt contains nearly 30 grams of sugar. Opt for plain yogurt and mix in your own combination of savory blueberries or cinnamon.              

Snack on Whole Foods and Grains

Instead of overrated energy bars, ghastly candy, and lip-smacking cookies — eat nuts, vegetables, fiber-rich fruits or whole grains, such as popcorn.

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