We all know that the harmful effects of sugar go way beyond just empty calories. Added sugar is so unhealthy that it is probably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.

So WHAT do we do? Let’s assume we all know already how bad sugar is, but we would still like to indulge in cookies, cakes and so on now and then.

You see, the problem isn’t that piece of cake you enjoy every Sunday.  The problem is also not so much the sugar in itself. The real problem is the massive amounts, tons and tons of “added sugar” that can be found in pretty much everything we eat and drink nowadays – from cola, candy bars, ketchup, beer, yoghurt, ready-made sauces, tv-dinners, etc.

Another thing to watch out for is how to pick “sugar-free” products.  Make sure that they really just don’t contain added sugar instead of just replacing it with other potentially harmful chemicals.

Here are the top sources of added sugar to avoid in your diet:

Sugar, preserves and confectionery – Choose a FRUIT instead.

Non-alcoholic drinks – Choose WATER instead.

Biscuits, buns, cakes – Choose your own creation instead.

Alcohol drinks – Choose to only drink once in a while.

Flavored dairy products – Choose the plain ones instead.

At the end of the day, you are in control. And if you are going to eat chocolate or something sweet, it should be because you made a conscious decision to do so occasionally, not because you HAD TO HAVE IT.

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