If you’re trying to quit sugar, you’re obviously going to cut out the cakes and biscuits. But don’t forget about the amount of sugar hidden away in some of your favourite drinks. Even some of the drinks labelled as ‘healthy’ contain an alarming about of sugar. Imagine munching on 5 teaspoons of sugar for afternoon tea, and then crunching on another 16 teaspoons while you eat your dinner? That’s exactly what you might be doing if you’re a fan of some popular juices and soft drinks and sodas.
How much sugar is in your favourite drink?
They say a picture tells a thousand words, more like 97 teaspoons of sugar in this case. This graphic from Australian consumer watchdog magazine, Choice, shows that there are nearly 100 teaspoons of sugar in just 8 of Australia’s most popular drinks.
Why quit sugar?
You’re probably aware that quitting sugar is bit of a hip and trendy health fad right now, but is there any real merit to ditching the sweet stuff? Here’s a few not so sweet facts about sugar and sugary drinks that might help to keep you motivated.
• Sugar is 50% fructose and too much fructose can cause the same type of fatty liver damage that alcohol causes.
• Too much sugar can make you insulin resistant and insulin resistance can lead to diabetes.
• Sugary drinks are one of the leading causes of tooth decay.
• Eating sugar stimulates the reward centre in your brain that can result in a very real physical addiction to sugary drinks.
• Drinking and eating excess sugar leads to complex changes in body hormones such as leptin which tells your brain that your body is starving making you hungrier and fatter.
Quitting sugar will also save you loads of money. Sugary drinks are expensive! The cost of buying a fruit juice or can of soft drink each day can quickly add up.
Most people experience sugar withdrawals when they quit sugar. The first few days can be a bit tough and you’ll probably feel tired, cranky and desperate for something sweet. Don’t give up. These symptoms will pass and before you know it you’ll be sugar free and feeling great. It’s important to drink plenty of pure water when you first quit sugar. Even very mild dehydration can cause you to feel tired and lethargic which can lead to sugar cravings in a desperate attempt to try and boost your energy.
Real sugar free drinks
For the ultimate sugar and calorie free drink that’s also free from artificial colours and flavours, pour yourself a big glass of pure water. It’ll also help to quell those sugar cravings that try and sabotage your efforts to quit sugar. If you get bored with plain water, try flavouring it with some of the amazingly delicious herbal tea blends available these days, or spice your water up with a sprig of mint, a wedge of lemon or even a few of your favourite berries.
So Fresh are the pure water specialists in the Bundaberg and Wide Bay area. Talk to them about their free delivery service so you’ve got pure water on tap to quench your thirst, keep your body hydrated and keep cravings to a minimum while you quit sugar.