Sugar is somewhat of a dietary phenomenon and the industry that cultivates, distributes and uses the substance has faced criticism for its role in public health issues like obesity. Scientific studies support the fact that high fructose corn syrup is both very unhealthy and highly addictive.

You might remember as a child it being seen as normal to receive a piece of candy as a reward or treat and therefore entire generations of people have grown up dependant on sugar in the diet. With people now becoming more awakened to the dangers of sugar, it’s natural that they seek ways to cut it out of their diet.

Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to cut down on sugar in your diet.

Cut out the sweet and soft drinks

The most obvious step in reducing sugar is to get rid of the high sugar concentrated foods and drinks. Soft drinks are especially villainous as they both contain high amounts of sugar but also cause an acidic reaction that damages the enamel of your teeth.

Even one soft drink a day is too much, and the best thing to do is to just replace it with water or at least a naturally sweetened juice. While milk and fruit have sugars in them, they are naturally occurring and should not be a problem in moderation.

While there’s a time and place to enjoy yourself and indulge with piece of cake at a party or a movie snack with a date, you should try and limit your sugar intake to these special occasions so it does not become a frequency in your diet.

Read labels

You’d be surprised how much sugar is added to foods we don’t normally see as sweet such as breads, sauces and dressings. Be mindful while shopping to check the labels of various brands and try and go with the less sweetened one.

Many savoury foods like burgers will have sweetened buns and condiments so it’s good to be mindful of this even when we’re not craving sweets.

There are several codewords for sugar on labels that you need to understand the jargon to avoid. For example, sucrose or anything ending is “ose” will be derivative of sugar.

Cut down slowly

Like quitting anything that’s addictive, going cold turkey the first time round often doesn’t work. Most people will find that cutting down slowly will make the transition more seamless and won’t leave you raiding the pantry for a sugar hit at 3am.