This week on Tip Thursday, in five subheadings we delve into the consumption of sugar. In different narratives we talked about lowering the consumption, using alternatives instead of the regular also, looking out for sugar calories in products and opting for lesser.
PS: Sugar intake is important but, should be taken in moderation.
LOWER YOUR SUGAR
To regulate blood sugar levels the best vegetables to choose are fibrous varieties like cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, broccoli, peppers and fruits such as melon, pawpaw and cherries.
DON’T BE FOOLED WITH BROWN
Most people believe brown sugar is a healthier option than white sugar but in reality, the majority of brown sugar is simply refined white sugar with molasses added to change it colours. For healthier options, stay with pure honey.
SPREAD AWAY SUGAR
Instead of jam, which can be packed with sugar, try no-sugar jam or make your own very healthy apple spread. Cook sliced sweet eating apples and a dash of cinnamon in a little water (it will keep for two months in an airtight container).
Look for unsweetened pure juice. Avoid products labelled as juice drink, which may contain as little as 5% juice and be sweetened with even more sugar than is found in a bottle of soft drinks. Even pure unsweetened fruit juices contain natural fruit sugar which can cause tooth decay, but they are much healthier.
EAT LESS EMPTIES
Empty calories food (from sugary snack, processed foods, alcohol, biscuits and cakes) should make up less than 5% of your total daily intake.