You can’t have a conversation about obesity, diabetes, calories, low-carb eating or even diet in general without the topic of sugar coming up. Sugar is everywhere, in practically every food product on the market. And we’re not just talking about soft drinks, sweets, or sugary breakfast cereals.
Salad dressing? Loaded with sugar–even savory dressings such as ranch.
Hot dogs? The second ingredient in several brands is high-fructose corn syrup.
Peanut butter? Loaded with sugar. And don’t think that “healthier” almond butter is any better–most nut butters on supermarket shelves have lots of added sugar. The same goes for milk substitutes like soy or almond milk and other foods most people think of as healthy. And lets not even get started on convenience foods like canned soups or pasta sauces and frozen dinners. Nearly anywhere you look, sugar is lurking.
And with few exceptions, it didn’t get there naturally. So why is our food supply so saturated with sugar? Because it keeps us coming back for more. And that’s hurting our health in countless ways.
So here’s our challenge to you: give up sugar for one week. Cut out the soft drinks, cereals, and sweets. Use cream in your coffee or tea instead. Throw some fruit in your oatmeal rather than a spoon of sugar. Take the time to read labels, and if it has added sugar don’t buy it or eat it. Cutting out added sugar is one of the simplest yet most effective things you can do to improve your health–this one simple action can your risk for a variety of chronic diseases from diabetes to heart disease. The video below lists ten great reasons for cutting sugar out of your life–or at least cutting down dramatically. If you take the sugar challenge, tell us about it in the comments.