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Since the advent of soft drinks, packaged snacks, and sugary cereals, Americans have been consuming way more sugar than they should be. That’s partly because many of us remain unaware of its negative effects, and partly because sometimes we don’t even realize we’re eating it.
Sugar increases your risk for diabetes, obesity, tooth decay, and nutrient deficiencies, and also negatively affects blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Yet people in the United States consume an average of 20 teaspoons of sugar per day. That’s well beyond the latest recommendations from the American Heart Association, which suggest capping your added sugar to 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. For reference, a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola contains 39 grams of sugar, which is just over 7 teaspoons.
Where is all this sugar coming from? For many, it’s in the processed foods we eat and the sugar-sweetened beverages we drink. Many foods that are labeled “low-fat,” such as yogurts and salad dressings, compensate by adding extra sugar.
Fortunately, even when it is “hidden,” it’s not impossible to live your life sugar-free.
Want to start cutting sugar out of your life? These people have found ways to slash their intakes of added sugar, and in some cases, even cut it out of their lives entirely. Check out their blogs for the information, advice, and recipes you need to #BreakUpWithSugar!
The Picky Eater
Anjali Shah believes in the “picky eater philosophy,” that is, being aware and discerning about what you put in your body. A board-certified health coach who grew up eating healthfully, she started this blog as a way to help her husband eat healthier. It’s blossomed into a treasure trove of recipes and helpful information. At the end of each recipe there is a nutritional breakdown so you can see the calorie, fat, sugar, and sodium content of what you’re making.
Tweet her @pickyeaterblog
I Quit Sugar
Sarah Wilson is a former journalist turned sugar-free blogger. She quit sugar in 2011 as an experiment, sharing her story with her readers. Her sugar-free lifestyle has since spawned books, an eight-week program she developed herself, and this blog, which features a bevy of sugar-free recipes as well as other information on healthy living.
Tweet her @IQuitSugar
Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free
Blogger Amy Green says changing her diet helped her to achieve and maintain a 60-pound weight loss and has helped her stay healthy since 2004. The blog includes sugar-free, gluten-free recipes that are all about natural ingredients, from appetizers to desserts, plus in-depth looks at sugar substitutes, healthy living hacks, and stories about her family and personal life.
Tweet her @Amys_SSGF
Dr. Aseem Malhotra
Cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra is a leading antisugar campaigner and is an advisor to the National Obesity Forum. He has written about the dangers of sugar for “The Guardian,” “Men’s Health,” and more. On his blog, he shares insight into what sugar does to the body, the lobbying efforts that are keeping it in our food, and how people can take steps to improve their own eating habits.
Tweet him @DrAseemMalhotra
As a mom of three, Brenda Bennett gave up sugar and other troubling ingredients for the health of her family – her children have tree nut, peanut, and soy allergies, and she herself has a gluten and dairy intolerance. She started her blog in 2011 to help others find sugar-free alternatives for popular recipes, and uses natural ingredients to create recipes that are both healthy and enjoyable.
Tweet her @TheSugarFreeMom
Alison Smith PhD
Allison Smith went through years of false diagnoses before finding out she had Lyme disease. After her diagnosis, she took her health into her own hands, and in addition to overseeing her treatment, made some major lifestyle changes. One of those was cutting out sugar. In addition to information on her journey and resources for people with Lyme disease, you can find a healthy collection of sugar-free recipes.
Tweet her @AlisonSmithTV
My Sugar Free Journey
My Sugar Free Journey is the story of how one man decided to cut sugar from his diet in order to take control of his weight and his health in general. As well as sharing his story, he provides countless tips that can help you quit sugar yourself, from how to avoid sugar when you’re eating out to how to control your sugar cravings.
Tweet him @MySugarFreeJrny
Low Carb Yum
Blogger Lisa MarcAurele began her low-carb lifestyle after her thyroid became inactive due to treatment she was receiving for Graves’ disease. Here, she shares why going low carb and sugar-free worked for her needs, and offers meal plans and recipes so you can try it as well.
Tweet her @lowcarbyum
Desserts with Benefits
Cookbook author Jessica Stier combines her passion for healthy eating and love of dessert to think up a variety of sweet treats that fall into several categories: sugar-free, gluten-free, low carb, low fat, vegan, and high protein. There is a great selection of each, with some overlapping.
Tweet her @DWBenefits
Sugar Free Like Me
Arkansas-based Jessie is a mom of two boys, and on her blog, she writes about her daily adventures with family and shares recipes that are low carb and sugar-free. Her dishes cover a wide variety of food groups, and you’ll find some delicious low-carb options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.