Tips on how to overcome your sugar addiction

Are you at the mercy of your sweet tooth?

Tips On How To Overcome Your Sugar Addiction
Too much sugar is not good for you, we all know. But what can those of us with a sweet tooth do to make sure we maintain a healthy diet?

Nutrition consultant Cynthia Sass, says: "You need to know your personality. Some people will do better when they go cold turkey ... remove all sugar (even sugar substitutes) from their diet ... they find that within a few days their cravings diminish greatly.

"Other people need to wean themselves gradually because they will get intense cravings and they may rebound binge eat."

NHS advice

The NHS on is website agrees that cutting down on sugar doesn't mean having to go cold turkey.

It says: "There are lots of small changes you can make, which over the course of a day can add up and make quite a difference.

"Many breakfast cereals are high in sugar. Try switching to lower sugar cereals or those with no added sugar."

For main meals, the NHS says there are a few things to watch out for: "Some ready-made soups, stir-in sauces and ready meals can also be higher in sugar than you think. A third of an average-sized jar of pasta sauce (roughly 150g) can contain over 13g of sugar, including added sugar, the equivalent of three teaspoons.

"When eating out or buying takeaways watch out for dishes that are typically high in sugar, such as sweet and sour dishes, sweet chilli dishes and some curry sauces and salads with dressings such as salad cream, which can be high in sugar."

For desserts, the NHS says: "If you're stuck between choosing two desserts at the supermarket, why not compare the labels on both packages and go for the one with the lower amount of sugar."

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