March 04, 2019
Taking charge of your health means making smart choices with everything you eat, and one of the smartest choices you can make is cutting down on sugar.
Diets high in added sugar have been linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and tooth decay. Sugar is believed to slow cognitive function and memory. It’s also addictive and inflammatory.
Minimizing or even eliminating added sugar in your diet can help with blood sugar balance, weight management and lowering inflammation.
But cutting added sugar isn’t easy, and not only because it’s pervasive in popular treats like candy, soda and ice cream. It’s also often added to foods during processing, including many foods you might not expect.
The University of Kansas Health System's integrative medicine nutritionists suggest some strategies to help minimize how much added sugar we consume.