Almost any processed food you eat has added sugar. There are many which have added salt as well. That’s bad news for anyone trying to maintain a healthy diet, but enjoys some convenience or junk food now and again. You might find yourself at a crossroads, reading the ingredients on two different products and wondering which one is worse, added sugar or salt? A new study out of Britain clears this up. It turns out added sugar is far worse than we thought. According the study published in the journal Open Heart, added sugar contributes far more to heart disease, stroke and hypertension than does its white, granule brethren. Heart disease is the biggest killer worldwide. Added salt is by no means healthy. But this research states that 3-6 grams of salt per day is necessary. Any less might be unhealthy. However, added sugar contributes much more to cardiovascular disease. The study recommends more focus on added sugar in nutritional education. The problem is manufacturers aren’t always straightforward about the sweeteners they add. A lot of sugar is hidden in different wording. Here is a list of sweeteners to watch out for and how to cut down on sugar in the diet: care2.com.
For some, sugary drinks are an accompaniment to every meal. But those pack on the pounds, without making you feel any fuller or more satisfied. Try some of these low-sugar alternatives which can be just as satisfying: eatdrinkbetter.com. Another problem is what we eat is often laden with sugar and we don’t know it. Most people believe that staying away from desserts and sweet drinks is enough. But anyone serious about cutting out all but necessary, or highly called for, sweeteners must go one step farther. Lessen your sugar intake by finding where the hidden sugar is. Read the packaging on every product you buy. You can even find high fructose corn syrup in bread if you are not careful. Make fresh drinks at home. What is more refreshing than mint iced tea fresh from the pot? Instead of purchasing processed foods, prepare fresh herb mixtures and make the same kinds of dishes you enjoy at home. But here use fresh ingredients. Wash and prep vegetables when you get home from the supermarket. Put them in Tupperware and leave them in the fridge. That way, when you cook dinner all of the prep work is done for you. Consider other ways to save time and still make meals from scratch such as using a food processor, a slow cooker or a rice cooker. There are also many microwave varieties of vegetables, brown rice and quinoa that you can cook right in the bag. Avoid sugar as much as possible. Take part in a small indulgence when it counts, but finding alternatives to sugar in your diet will make you feel better, look better and be better too.