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Got a Sweet Tooth? How to End Your Sugar Cravings

Got a Sweet Tooth? How to End Your Sugar Cravings

Here in Sugar Nation, the average American downs 70 pounds of added sugars each year. Sugars are crammed into and hidden in foods you think are good for you (e.g., flavored oatmeal, many yogurts, and fat-free and low-fat salad dressings)—fooling you and fueling your sugar addiction.

Go au naturel. Enjoy the sugar that’s naturally in foods such as fruit, veggies, and 100% whole grains.

Be on food label alert. If there is an added sugar in the first five ingredients on the label, avoid that product. Generally, what’s in parentheses doesn’t count in the top five, but if the ingredient has an -ose in it, beware. Dextrose, sucrose, glucose and their aliases (e.g., molasses, high fructose corn syrup, honey, fruit juice concentrate, malt syrup, rice syrup, and evaporated cane juice) are all signs of sugar-loading. Don't fall for these nutritional label tricks.

Say no to candy. Counter your sugar cravings with small portions of nuts, ¼ oz portions of 70% or more dark chocolate, and fruit, such as apples. Spoil your palate by eating sliced peaches with raspberries, blueberries, and chocolate chips.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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