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Do you like sweets?

Do you like sweets? Me too))) But! We must be healthy!

Why reduce sugar consumption? What will it give you?

The risk of gaining excess weight will decrease.

The probability of cardiovascular, oncological diseases and diabetes will decrease.

Dental health will improve.

And, since you will eat less unhealthy foods, there will be room in your diet for healthy ones: vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts.

Your body will thank you!

What to do to consume less sugar? What are the first and most important steps?

1) First of all: stop or significantly reduce the consumption of sugary drinks.

This applies not only to cola and other sweet carbonated drinks, but also to fruit juices, nectars, fresh drinks and smoothies. The maximum amount of juice per day is 200 milliliters. It is better to drink plain water or experiment with flavors and aromas by adding mint and other herbs, lemon, orange, berries or even cucumbers to the water.

2) Gradually reduce the amount of sugar you add to your tea or coffee so your taste buds get used to the less sweet taste. Try adding natural flavors - citrus, cinnamon or other spices.

3) Replace snacks from store-bought sweets, cookies and candies with fruits or dried fruits and nuts, but also remember the portions. Leave the usual desserts, cakes and pastries for special occasions. Try making desserts based on berries, for example, homemade marmalade on agar-agar.

4) Read the labels! Learn to find sugar, even if it

disguised under other names. If sugar or its analogues are one of the first in the list of ingredients, it is better to postpone such a product.

5) Do not forget that sugar can be found where you do not expect to see it at all: in bread, canned vegetables, sauces. For example, a tablespoon of ketchup contains a teaspoon of sugar.

Therefore, the fewer processed foods in your diet, the better. The ideal option is to learn how to prepare the same sauces yourself.

Try these few steps and, along with it, find a sweet substitute for your life.

Learn to create pleasant moments for yourself that are not related to food, maybe you want to resume your hobby or find a new hobby.

Lviv Regional Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine

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