I know you… and you’re already sweet enough. Adding that extra sugar to your daily diet is unnecessary and definitely not good for you!This week we’re going to be getting rid of ADDED SUGARS in our diets.There’s a HUGE difference between the natural sugars found in foods, and the added sugars that we put in our drinks and foods.
The scary thing is, these days sugar can sneak up on you with at least 60 different names, making them difficult to spot when scanning your labels. In fact, here’s a great list with about 56 of them for you: www.healthline.com/nutrition/56-different-names-for-sugarIt’s recommended that we (as adults) limit our daily-added sugar intake to around 25 grams, or 6 teaspoons a day.Your challenge this week is to avoid ANY added sugars to your diet! (this includes food AND drinks)
Fruit? It’s absolutely fine … it brings in a wide-variety of vitamins, minerals, and other micronutrients along with fiber.
But coffee or tea with sugar? SORRY!!!
If you absolutely, positively MUST add a little sweetness…. We’d rather you go with these than sugar:
- Raw Honey (go easy on this if you’re watching your weight because the calories add up fast)
- Coconut Sugar
Be sure this week to check all of your nutrition labels…. even on items you’d never imagine (like bread, crackers and other processed foods) because sugar is added to pretty much everything.After one week without added sugar, your body and brain will be thanking you!
Are you and your sweet tooth up for the challenge?! Let us know in a comment below! And keep us posted with how you’re doing and any successes or struggles.