You know that eating a diet high in sugar could lead to weight gain. It could also increase your risk of getting heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Eating lots of sugary foods could also affect your mental health: the spikes and slumps in your blood sugar levels could cause mood swings and may increase your risk of depression. And dermatologists are also warning that a high-sugar diet could cause acne and lead to accelerated skin ageing.
The key, of course, is to eat less sugar. But it also important to first understand the different types of sugar in food. Not all of it is bad.
What’s okay for your health: Fruits, vegetables and dairy. The sugar in these foods exists in its natural state, in the form of fructose or lactose.
So what’s not okay for your health: Processed foods – it’s when sugar is added to food that it becomes a problem. Sugar from these empty calories eventually turns into fat, so limit eating them to help your health. Here are six ways to do it.
A version of this story first appeared on www.herworld.com.
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