How Sugar Bites Back

And how to kick the habit

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - BY JES­SICA MIGALA

EVEN IF YOU DON’T

have a sweet tooth, know this: the av­er­age young woman eats an as­ton­ish­ing 26kg of added sugar per year. That works out to 1 150kJ of the sweet stuff per day, equal to nearly triple the six-tea­spoon (25g) daily limit the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion rec­om­mends. The po­ten­tial fall­out in­cludes low en­ergy, ex­cess belly fat, early ageing (wrin­kles!), and long-term, se­ri­ous is­sues such as heart dis­ease, diabetes and obe­sity. Gulp. Swear­ing off sweets and desserts won’t fully solve the prob­lem: nearly 75% of pack­aged food – such as pasta sauces, tomato sauce and salad dress­ing – is loaded with added sugar. A bet­ter plan? Our guide to cut­ting back your sweet con­sump­tion, cre­ated with the help of COSMO’s ex­pert panel. Fol­low these tips and strate­gies, and you’ll wean your­self off in no time.

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