Sugar is found in lots of foods but actually isn’t good for us. It’s fine to treat yourself in moderation, but have you ever wondered what would happen to your body if you stopped eating sugar altogether? In other words, sugar makes you feel good emotionally, despite the negative side effects excess consumption can lead to, like headaches, energy crashes, and even hormonal imbalances, according to Healthline. However, it is important to note that processed sugars are different than the natural sugars found in fruit, honey, and unsweetened milk. They’re high in calories, and have no real nutritional value, while natural sugars contain vitamins and minerals. Baked goods, fizzy bottles of soda, and even the so-called “healthy” packaged snacks at your desk are likely jam-packed with grams on grams of added sugars. That initial first bite or sip tastes satisfying enough, sure, but can you honestly say you feel particularly vibrant or energized when that slice of cake or carbonated syrup is sitting in your stomach?
Eat Smart. American Heart Association Cookbooks. Eat Smart Month. Nutrition Basics. Healthy For Good: Spanish Infographics. The good news is that cutting down on sugar may be easier than you think. Get started cutting down on sugar with these tips: Toss the table sugar white and brown, syrup, honey and molasses. Cut back on the amount of sugar added to things you eat or drink regularly like cereal, pancakes, coffee or tea.
The truth is: I have an insane sweet tooth. I eat ice cream every day. So if anyone could stand to cut back on sugar, I figured it was me. I gave myself 30 days to see what would happen. Natural sugars, on the other hand, were fine. I would not cut out fruits, and I would still be able to sweeten my full fat! My go-to breakfast is the aforementioned yogurt with granola, so I looked for stuff that contained fewer than eight grams of added sugar. Finding a granola with so little sugar turned out to be difficult so I ended up making my own and adding a little bit of honey for sweetness.