The United States has received the dubious honor of being named the highest-sugar-consuming country in the world—lucky us. Consequently, the World Health Organization has urged a cutback in sugar intake to 50 grams or less each day. (To put that in perspective, a medium apple contains about 19 grams of sugar, so just imagine what sugary drinks or processed sweets pack in.)

However, before you reach for the artificial sweetener, consider this advice from Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietician at the Cleveland Clinic—“  “You’re still giving your taste buds the sugar that it’s craving and artificial sweeteners tend to be a lot sweeter than actual, real sugar,” said Kirkpatrick to ABC News.

Kirkpatrick suggests that sugar should be cut out of your diet. Nuts or a piece of fruit (Not too much of though because they contain sugar as well) are perfect replacement options. Adding more fiber to your diet and getting more sleep is also helpful too.

What are some of your tricks for minimizing sugar consumption?



ABC News: Cut Sugar The Right Way