Does anyone truly NOT have a sweet tooth? Whether it’s a refreshing fruit sorbet or a piece of chocolate on your afternoon break, we all enjoy a little something sweet occasionally.
Unfortunately, regularly giving into your sweet cravings may not be the best thing for your health. Let’s do a quick tally of an average daily added sugar intake:
Breakfast: (17g of added sugar)
- 1 bowl of honey flavoured multigrain cereal +
- 1 coffee with 1 milk + 1 sugar
Morning snack: (8g of added sugar)
- 1 vanilla yogurt
Lunch ( 4g of added sugar)
- Homemade ham sandwich with 2 slices whole wheat bread
Afternoon snack: (20g of added sugar)
- medium matcha latte
Dinner: (5 g added sugar)
- Grilled chicken with 1 tbsp bbq sauce and grilled veggies
Dessert: (10g of added sugar)
- 1 scoop chocolate ice cream in a cone
Total estimated added sugars: 64g
As you can see, it’s easy to reach the maximum recommended amount of 25-50g of added sugars per day!
So, now what? Do we have to give up our favourite foods and limit our sweet tooth cravings? Not quite. Look at these simple swaps to give into your sweet fix without overdoing the added sugars!
Giving into our sweet tooth doesn’t have to cost us our health!
What are your favourite low-sugar sweets? Let us know in the comments below!
Do you have questions about your diet? Book an appointment with Dr. Laura to discuss your customized road to more natural health.
Dr. Laura Belus is a Naturopathic Doctor that focuses on detoxification and hormone balance for weight loss, stress management, and greater energy. She believes in making simple, yet powerful, changes to diet & lifestyle habits that create lasting results. She practices in Mississauga and Toronto.