Most of your favorite sugary foods and drinks have a reduced-sugar or sugar-free counterpart that tastes just as sweet as the original. In many cases, the lower-sugar alternatives are also lower in calories, but read the labels to be sure.
If you simply can't kick your cola habit, opt for diet soft drinks. You'll instantly reduce your sugar intake, as well as your calorie intake.
When choosing a fruit juice, stick with 100 percent fruit juices since many juice drinks are more sugar-water than fruit juice. Even better, dilute your fruit juices with water or jazz it up with club soda –- same sweet taste for less sugar and fewer calories.
When baking or cooking, substitute sugar alternatives for the sugar called for in recipes. Not ready to take the total sugarless leap? Substitute half of the sugar in recipes with the equivalent of a sugar alternative.
The most nutritious way to reduce your sugar intake is to grab a piece of fresh fruit when your sweet tooth beckons. You can also serve yourself smaller portions of baked goods or desserts and sweeten them up with fresh fruit or pureed fruit.
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