No matter where you turn, sugar seems to be everywhere! Products you think are healthy (we're talking about you, yogurt) can be loaded with unnecessary sugar. It can seem impossible to avoid sugar, but we've got some tips to help.
The American Heart Association recommends you limit your daily sugar intake to 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. We think this should be closer to 0. Unfortunately, the average American has about 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar daily! That's more than double what you should have. When we think about sugar we think about cookies, cakes, and bubbly drinks. We often forget that a lot of food items have loads of hidden unnecessary sugar.
1. Read nutrition labels
Get in the habit of reading the nutrition label of each product before you purchase. Products like granola, protein bars, bread, and condiments can be loaded with sugar. Make sure to check the ingredients listed. Sugar likes to hide, so become familiar with the other names for sugar such as honey, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, sucrose, and fruit juice.
2. Swap your morning coffee
Many of us need coffee to function in the morning (us included) but what we don't need is all the added sugar that comes with it. We know you don't want to ditch your favorite coffee drinks, but with NuNaturals you don't have to! Instead of throwing in a couple of packets of sugar in your morning coffee, opt for a packet of NuStevia NoCarbs Blend for a zero-calorie sweetener.
If you're craving an ice-blended mocha use: strong brewed coffee, almond milk, ice, and NuStevia Cocoa Syrup to save yourself from 66g of sugar!
3. Make your own sauces at home
Store-bought sauces can contain loads of sugar, but if you start making your own sauces at home you can easily avoid this. Making sauce at home may sound like it takes hours, but that's not the case. Keep it simple and use real ingredients for the best tasting sauces. Try our ginger sauce, it's ready in minutes!
4. Cut out soda - NOW!
If you want to lower your sugar intake, you need to stop drinking soda right now. Just one can of soda has around 39g of sugar, that's more than your entire daily recommended sugar intake! Instead, opt for water with fruit in it or make homemade ginger soda with our NuStevia Ginger Syrup. All you need is sparkling water and our Ginger Syrup. Voila, sugar-free soda.
5. Be Smart About Cocktails
Most cocktails you order at a bar are loaded with sugar. Just because you want to lower your sugar intake doesn't mean you have to cut out your favorite cocktail! Our NuStevia Simple Syrup is the perfect sweetener to add to cocktails without the unnecessary sugar. Check out these NuStevia Margaritas for the next time you need a drink to unwind!