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3 ways to break your sugar habit

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., September 4, 2009 - 11:15am

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Brierley asks: What are your tips and tricks for cutting back on added sugars?


i also had the question about eating fruit on it's own away from meals. I've heard from a nutritionist that is the best way to eat fruit, on it's own, what's your opinion


04/04/2010 - 9:38am

I'm still confused about the added Splenda and/or Stevia, etc. One place will say substitute one of these for the sugar, and another place says they cause us to crave more sugar. What's the answer? I'm trying to break my sugar "addiction.


04/05/2010 - 2:59pm

Yes watching my sugar intake is kind of difficult.
I used to put 2 teaspoons of sugar in my coffee years ago just to be able to drink it.
Then I decided to use less sugar so I put 1 teaspoon for awhile, then cut it down to 1 then a 1/2 teaspoon.
Having cream in my coffee helped but then I tried milk and guess what I did?.
Now after many years I would not think of using sugar, because it tastes strange.


04/08/2010 - 9:19pm

I think there is definitely a correlation between sugar consumption and weight. Recently my husband and I gave up "sweets" for Lent - keep in mind this did not include all sugar, but the difference was huge for me. We were also in the process of moving so I didn't work out as much as normal, we didn't eat the healthiest on the road and I still lost a ton of weight! At least eight pounds, possibly more - I wasn't really keeping track since the goal was to give up sweets. In addition to the tips above, we have been using natural sugars instead of white and brown sugars (like xylitol, date sugar and brown rice syrup) and cheese with fruit or fruit preserves for dessert.


04/09/2010 - 12:01pm

If we should be mindful of sugar intake (and I am), why does not include sugar amounts in their Nutrients lists on recipes?


04/18/2010 - 7:40pm

i try to eat things that don't come with labels, so no packaged or processed food. it has to either have had a mother or come from the ground!

teri p


04/18/2010 - 8:28pm

Use Stevia in my coffee. The usual amount is 5 drops I only use 3. I drink quite a lot of coffee. One bottle of Stevia goes a long way.


04/19/2010 - 9:33am

I add cinnamon to my perked coffee and steeping tea, cinnamon is sweet and also good for you and you will find yourself cutting back because of the natural sweetness.


04/19/2010 - 10:09am

When baking, add honey dates to the recipe to replace sugar. It's natural and healthy. You don't even miss the sugar.


04/19/2010 - 10:13am

My husband is a total sugar junkie, so I always add naturally sweet pureed fruits to our smoothies and baked goods. Prunes in particular have a caramel-esque taste that is delicious in brownies among other things. The fruit puree does double duty by also allowing you to reduce the amount of added fat.

Jennifer Ois


04/19/2010 - 10:27am

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