Here’s Why You Need To Cut Down On Your Sugar Intake This Holiday
It is the holiday season and, as usual, the festivity is filled with a lot of sugar-filled products. It is only normal that sugar levels will get high during this period, especially after feasting on sweetened products
Eating too much added sugar can have many negative health effects. It is therefore advisable that you watch what you eat this season.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) for men and 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons) for women.
Eating a lot of refined, added sugars can lead to headaches, low energy levels, and inflammation. However, cutting sugar out of your diet will likely decrease inflammation, boost your energy levels, and improve your ability to focus
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An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions.
Stabilise your blood sugar this holiday by eating some slow-digesting protein and fibre. If you don’t, your blood sugar will crash and you’ll potentially feel hungry and want to eat again. Great snack options are an apple and a hard-boiled egg.
Drink 6-8 glasses (250mL) of water per day. Don’t drink water with meals because it dilutes stomach acid and leads to poor digestion. Add a squeeze of lemon into your water for added benefits and some flavour.
Even as you eat and be merry this holiday, remember your health should be your priority. Drink more water, and be disciplined to cut down on the sweetened products.
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