Excess sugar doesn't just threaten your waistline: It can also lower your good cholesterol and raise the bad -- which can lead to heart disease, says new research.
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, shares some easy ways to cut back.
- Look at the label and don't buy it if any of the first three ingredients ends in "ose" (fructose, glucose, dextrose).
- Keep track. To find out how many teaspoons of sugar are in a food, divide the grams of sugar by four. You may be shocked!
- Grab an orange instead of orange juice. It has natural fiber and no added sugar, plus you'll feel satisfied with less.
- Try plain Greek yogurt. "It's wonderful," Dr. Teitelbaum says. "You'll adjust and never miss the added sugar."
- Instead of drinking sugary sodas, make fresh lemonade. Dr. Teitelbaum's recipe: 1/4 to 1/2 cup lemon juice, 3 1/2 cups water, and a bit of no-calorie sweetener (he likes 40 to 50 drops of liquid stevia, available in health-food stores).
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