But when it comes to picking between a glass of wine and a piece of cake, which one is better? Here’s how to choose your treats wisely.
What do alcohol and sugar have in common? Answer: They’re addictive, tasty and bad for our waistlines. But as we all know, everything is fine in moderation. Here’s how to make a smarter choice when you feel like indulging.
It might taste like heaven and give you that much-needed energy boost at 3 p.m., but sugar ain’t called "sweet poison" for nothing. Before you chow down that chocolate bar, here’s why sweet treats are something that should only be enjoyed every once in a while.
Sugary treats get a bad rap because they tend to be high in calories and have little to no nutritional value. Since sugar isn’t filling, it’s very easy to eat too much of it — and it goes straight to that muffin top (it’s not hard to see where that name came from!).
As well as causing weight gain, sugar is bad news for a whole host of reasons:
Before you run away from the confectionary aisle and swear off baking forever, let’s put that list of side effects into perspective. The occasional sweet treat is not going to give you wrinkles and an extra kilo to love; that stuff happens when you eat a lot of sugar over time. There’s more good news: You can train yourself to reduce your cravings — in other words, you can have your cake and eat it too. Here’s how:
If you’d kill for a stiff drink after a stressful day or you always have a booze blowout on the weekend, you’re not alone: Research has shown that alcohol is Australia’s biggest vice.
While the odd glass of red wine is great for your heart, too much alcohol does more harm than good. These effects on your body may make you rethink uncorking that second bottle…
For many of us, alcohol is a part of our social lives and that doesn’t have to change. But if you want to be healthier, shed some kilos and have lower stress levels, it’s a good idea to cut back and see if you feel the difference.
While alcohol and sugar have their downsides, they are fine in moderation. The key is to treat them as "treats" and not something to have every day. If you’ve got a sweet tooth or the taste for booze, stick to these choices to stay guilt-free. But this isn’t a licence to indulge every day; treat yourself once or twice a week max!
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