7 Tips to Cut Down On Refined Sugar If You Have A Sweet Tooth

by Yuen Yi Ying
WEIGHT LOSS  |  May 17, 2019
  • Reduce your sugar intake with these quick tips.
    1 / 8 Reduce your sugar intake with these quick tips.

    Besides causing rapid weight gain, mood swings, inflammation, tooth decay, and other health problems, sugar can be addictive, which is why you keep wanting more. If you love sweet things but know you ought to cut down, these easy changes will help you reduce your refined sugar intake.

    (Also read: 9 Salty Hawker Dishes That Are Shockingly High in Sugar)

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  • Eat and drink full-fat dairy
    2 / 8 Eat and drink full-fat dairy

    While the skim option may seem more appealing because it has lower calories, sugar is often added to replicate the taste and body of the full-fat version. Furthermore, experts point out that eating low-fat foods tend to make one load up on carbohydrates and sugars, which is probably worse than going for the more satisfying full-fat dairy product anyway.

    (Also read: 9 Scary Things Sugar Does to Your Body)

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  • Use vanilla
    3 / 8 Use vanilla

    One UK study has found that saccharine scent of vanilla seems to be able to trick you into thinking you’re having something sweet, reducing your cravings for candy, soda and other treats. The smell supposedly triggers serotonin production in your brain, the same happiness-inducing chemical that eating chocolate produces, so it’s no wonder that cravings for chocolate in particular also take a dive.

    (Also read: Bad Things That Happen to Baby When You Eat Too Much Sugar During Pregnancy)

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  • Go for darker chocolate
    4 / 8 Go for darker chocolate

    Not only is it better for you with higher levels of antioxidants, dark chocolate also contains less sugar and has been proven to regulate your appetite. Go for bars with nuts to further reduce the sugar content.

    (Also read: I Cut Sugar For A Month And It Changed My Life)

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  • Avoid condiments
    5 / 8 Avoid condiments

    You may think savoury items don’t contain any sugar, but it’s a sneaky ingredient in many processed foods including condiments. Among the worst offenders are ketchup and barbeque sauce. Ketchup has 3.62g* (almost one teaspoon worth) of sugar in a tablespoon while barbeque sauce has 5.65g* (more than a teaspoon) of sugar in a tablespoon.

    *Per USDA Food and Nutrient Data System

    (Also read: This is Why You Crave Sugar and Salt)

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  • Go for other “sweet” ingredients
    6 / 8 Go for other “sweet” ingredients

    Dull your cravings for refined sugar by going for healthier substitutes like fruits or sweeter produce such as peas, corn, beets and sweet potato. They’re a lot more nutritious and will help you get in some fibre too. Eating often so you’re never too hungry also helps keep your desire for sugar in check.

    (Also read: What Does “No Added Sugar” on Food Labels Actually Mean?)

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  • Add spices
    7 / 8 Add spices

    Most cookie and cake recipes call for a shocking amount of sugar. But instead of going full throttle with the sweet stuff, experiment with cutting down the sugar and add spices instead to amp up the flavour. Cinnamon, in particular, has been shown to curb sugar cravings and conveniently goes well with most baked goods.

    (Also read: 8 Seemingly Healthy Foods With Hidden Sugars)

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  • Switch sodas with sparkling water
    8 / 8 Switch sodas with sparkling water

    You’ve heard countless times that sodas are loaded with sugar, but if you miss the fizz, swop sodas with sparkling water instead. And if you wish, add a squeeze of citrus or some fruits to jazz up your drink.

    (Also read: This is Exactly How Much Fruits to Eat Per Serving (Without Having Too Much Sugar))

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