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Reducing Sugar in Your Diet
Reducing consumption of added sugar is a good place to start in improving the overall nutritional punch of your diet. This Harvard Medical School Guide will help you gain a deeper understanding of the different formsof sugar, what foods contain significant amounts of added sugar, how sugaris metabolized by the body, and the health risks it poses when consumed to excess. We also offer practical suggestions from Harvard experts on how to reduce your intake.
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“Sugar and spice, everything nice,” the old saying goes.
But according to overwhelming evidence, there’s nothing nice about sugar when it comes to your health. Scores of research studies have linked added sugar to obesity and diabetes—as well as high blood pressure and elevated triglycerides that can lead to heart disease.
What’s more, sugar is nothing but “empty calories”—has little to no nutritional value and it does nothing to stave off hunger.
But how can you cut back on harmful sugar without giving up the sweetness you crave?
Now, thanks to the experts at Harvard Medical School, you can have the instant, research-backed answers you need that can have a dramatic impact on your health. It’s all in the instant-answer online guide Reducing Sugar in Your Diet.
Instant answers are just 5 minutes away!:
- Yummy foods that help short-circuit harmful sugar spikes after a meal.
- The truth about natural sugar alternatives: The straight scoop on raw sugar, honey, agave syrup and more.
- The smart artificial sweetener that makes a healthier substitute for baking sugar.
- The three secret letters that reveal sneaky “added sugar” on food labels.
- How healthier sugar alcohols let you enjoy the sweetness of processed sugar with just half the calories. Discover the easy way to spot them on food labels.
- The biggest sources of hidden sugars—including certain fruit and sports drinks, condiments, soups and yogurts.
- Sweet and tasty desserts that make filling, nutritious alternatives to traditional high-calorie fare.
- How sugar substitutes can actually work against your quest for better health.
Start now to wean yourself from health-threatening added sugar …starting today!
- Sugar and your health
- What is sugar?
- Added sugar: Where and how much?
- What happens to sugar in the body
- Sugar and chronic disease risk
- How to reduce added sugar
- Don’t stop with sugar
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An alarming one in three American adults has high blood pressure. Known medically as hypertension, many people don't even know they have it, because high blood pressure has no symptoms or warning signs. But when elevated blood pressure is accompanied by abnormal cholesterol and blood sugar levels, the damage to your arteries, kidneys, and heart accelerates exponentially. Fortunately, high blood pressure is easy to detect and treat. In the Special Health Report, Controlling Your Blood Pressure, find out how to keep blood pressure in a healthy range simply by making lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, increasing activity, and eating more healthfully.
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