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The Truth About Sugar

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on August 30, 2016

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 It’s addictive and a toxin, just like alcohol. And you put it on your breakfast in the morning.

Yep, it turns out sugar isn’t so sweet after all! There’s a reason all your friends and favourite celebrities seem to be suddenly ditching the sweet stuff.

Sugar consumption has been linked to everything from type 2 diabetes to skin ageing, to mood swings. And scarily, Aussies eat about 60g of sugar each day. That’s the equivalent of 14 teaspoons of the sweet stuff – and it’s more than twice as much as the World Health Organisation’s recommended intake of 25g a day.

So what can we do? Well, the answer is obvious: eat less sugar. But that isn’t as simple as it sounds. Sneaky sugar can pop up when you least expect it – even in food you think is healthy, like yoghurt and juice. Plus, if you’re anything like me you struggle with the idea of giving up cake forever.

The key is to know what you’re eating. Try to eat as many unprocessed foods as you can – so lots of fresh fruit and veggies! And brush up on the many names that sugar hides behind on food labels, just like a Bond villain with over 50 fake identities. Sugar by any other name is still as bad for you, so check out our guide to reading food labels to get you started.

Cut down on the sugary drinks – research has found that the majority of added sugars in the Aussie diet come from soft drinks, energy drinks, and fruit juices rather than the food we’re eating.

If this all sounds a bit much, you wouldn’t be the only one! Giving up sugar is a big step. The good news is that you don’t have to give up the things you love when you give up sugar! Here at Natvia, we want to make it as easy as possible to give up sugar and lead a healthier life.

You can use Natvia just like sugar in your tea and coffee, and in your baking as well. You can keep the flavour you love without using sugar, because Natvia has no bitter aftertaste. That means fewer calories, lower GI and less impact on your health – and your waistline!

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