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Sugar? No, Thanks.

How many times on the weekend did you erase all your efforts from the whole last week? It's not worth it.



Calorific


You probably know that to lose weight you need to eat less than your body needs. By eating as much as your body needs, you will maintain your weight.



It's hard to be full and eat little when one teaspoon of sugar has about 5 grams of carbohydrate and 20 calories. One small can of Coca-Cola or Pepsi (330 ml) has 35 grams of sugar. That's 7 teaspoons of sugar! It's the same amount of calories as 930 grams of cucumber (4 cucumbers).



Have you ever counted how many calories you eat per day?

How much you need to eat calories depends on many factors such as your age, height, current weight, level of your physical activity, etc. The average woman needs 2,000 calories to maintain her weight, while a man needs 2,500 calories. One donut with chocolate and a can of drink, and we already have 600 calories. It's 24 - 30 % average, recommended daily calories. While the WHO recommends limiting the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy. Try and count your calories for a week to see how it looks like in your case.




Health


Sugary drinks don't curb your hunger, which is why we easily consume large amounts of empty calories without realizing it. Excess calories from foods and drinks lead to overweight and obesity. Check labels, less sugar in the product, fewer problems.



Products that are high in sugar but lack in fiber, protein or fat, cause a short increase in energy, followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar. Consumption of such products promotes a more rapid return of hunger. Sugar also influences blood pressure, which may increase the chances of developing cardiovascular disease.



Do you sweeten coffee or tea? Let me know in the comment below.

Drinking coffee or tea without any sweetener is associated with a lower risk for depression. If you add artificial sweeteners, but not sugar or honey, the risk for depression is higher.





Honey


If you like sweet things but also want to eat healthier, then a good first step may be to replace white sugar with honey.



Honey, apart from its high calorific value (one teaspoon has 40 calories), is also characterized by the fact that it contains valuable bioactive ingredients bactericidal and fungicidal, which for centuries have been its advantage as an immediate therapeutic agent.



Additionally, honey contains many small amounts of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, iron, calcium potassium, zinc. Sugar doesn't have them at all.





Read more:

  1. Controversies about sugars: results from systematic reviews and meta-analyses on obesity, cardiometabolic disease and diabetes.

  2. Healthy diet

  3. Relationship between Added Sugars Consumption and Chronic Disease Risk Factors: Current Understanding

  4. The toxic truth about sugar

  5. Sweetened Beverages, Coffee, and Tea and Depression Risk among Older US Adults

  6. High–glycemic Index Foods, Hunger, and Obesity: Is There a Connection?

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