5 Ways to Curb Sugar Cravings

by in Healthy Tips, September 16, 2013

Trying to reach for healthy snacks but the sugary treats are calling you? Use these strategies to help douse that sugar-fueled fire.

Kick the Artificial Habit
Research suggests that folks who consume large amounts of artificial sweeteners may increase their likelihood to crave other sweet foods and pack on the pounds. Trying to cut back on sugar? Then cut back on the faux sugars too.

Choose Fruit
Fruit can provide natural sweetness plus fiber, antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Pass on the candy and grab your favorite fruit instead – you’ll save calories and gain numerous good-for-you nutrients.

Sip and Chew
When the urge strikes for high sugar junk, sip on tea or chomp on some gum. It’s often enough of a distraction to quell those cravings.

Be Realistic
Vowing to give up sugar for good probably isn’t going to work out. Face the facts, small amounts of high sugar foods can be part of a healthy diet–moderation is the key!

Think quality, not quantity. Instead of just promising yourself that you’ll eat less, put a calorie cap into affect. Keep portions of sugary foods to no more than 150 calories per day. Stick to this rule and you’ll keep undesired weight gain at bay.

Tell Us: How do you fight off sugar cravings?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (4)

  1. johnfld says:

    Gum is my #1 solution, it really takes the edge off of cravings.

  2. Laura says:

    I just revisited a post about this! I've been craving sugary fall treats and needed a reminder on how to keep my sweet tooth at bay.

    Then I re-made the healthy (sugar-free) Pumpkin Frappuccino. Who needs the Starbucks sugar-bomb?! http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2011/11/pumped-up-

  3. Angela says:

    This is so interesting! I have been trying to reduce my sugar intake by cutting back and using artificial sweeteners. I was wondering why I still crave sweet things… Now after reading this I now know why! We literally can't have our cake and eat it too I guess,

    A trick I sometimes use when I'm craving something sweet or salty is I brush my teeth! I feel like it cleans my taste buds and a resets my palate, PLUS when is the taste of anything good after having brush your teeth?!

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