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Clean Up Your Diet and Lose Weight (Page 2)

Added Sugars

Adieu, added sugars.

Why? As EatingWell’s nutrition editor Brierley Wright has reported, high intakes of added sugars are linked with risk factors for heart disease, including increased risks for high blood pressure and high triglyceride levels. And, like I said, lately, for me, eating sweetened foods seems to be linked with craving more sweet foods.
How? I’m ditching my daily "moderate" treats, which include things like a handful of chocolate candies, a cookie (even if it does have healthy ingredients like oats and raisins) and low-fat peanut butter ice cream. I’m also giving up the hazelnut syrup in the decaf lattes, maple syrup in my oatmeal and honey in my tea. If I’d like something sweet, I’ll reach for fruit; if it needs to feel special, I’ll make a dessert that’s naturally sweet.

Next: Second Food to Ditch: Goodbye Refined Grains »


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