Sugar and addiction: the 7 steps to detoxify

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Se l’hashtag #sugardetox leads to over 60 thousand posts on Instagram, means that awareness of the damage caused by too much sugar is finally spreading.

On the bench of the accused, there are no more fats, believed for years to be responsible for obesity and cardiovascular problems, but the sweet white powder from which we continue to be too dependent.

Limit sugar doses taken during the day is an operation that requires some attention, but still possible.

Here some "tricks" to be implemented throughout the day.

1. Watch out for hidden sugar

The fact that a food has no "added sugars" does not mean that the overall content of these nutrients is low. To be on the safe side, always check how much there is by reading the label.

2. Keep a food diary

Write down the amount of sugar you eat each day (by calculating both the teaspoons you add to your coffee or tea and the amount in your food). You may be surprised at the doses you get to take on a daily basis.

3. Make an effort to be realistic

Changes in the body don't happen overnight. It can take weeks before you feel the benefits of sugar detox. In which you have to resist discouragement.

4. Stay away from junk food

Junk foods (from burger buns to french fries) are high in sugar. Try to avoid them not only because they strain the stomach and liver, but also because they overload the insulin-producing pancreas.

5. Choose sweet but also healthy foods

Not all sugars are bad: those from sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips are healthy. The same goes for some sweeteners (sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, maltitol, and lactitol) that don't spike your blood sugar.

6. Eat fruit early in the day

Fresh fruit is rich in vitamins, but it also contains fructose (a natural sugar). Consume it preferably for breakfast, focusing on the less "sweet" one: bananas, apples, pears, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit.

7. Do more physical movement (and more often)

You don't have to join a gym or pool. You can simply start climbing the stairs, use the bike instead of the car, walk ... You will burn more sugar and be able to control your weight.

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