Embracing a Low-Sugar Lifestyle

Whether you want to promote overall health or just want a challenge, consider making it a routine to cut down on added sugars.

When we say “low sugar,” we don’t mean no sugar. Natural sugar is the sugar that is found in foods like fruits and vegetables. However, added sugar is another story. As the name implies, added sugar is sugar and syrups put in food/drinks during processing (or at the table). Other than tasting delicious, your body gets added calories but no nutritional benefit from added sugars.

What does a “low-sugar” lifestyle look like?

A “low-sugar” lifestyle is simply being mindful about the presence of added sugar in what you consume. The average American consumes around 17 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with each teaspoon containing about 16 calories. It’s recommended that added sugars take up less than 10% of your daily calories. 

Below, let’s explore a few ways to cut down on your added sugar consumption without skimping on fun and flavor. 

Read those labels 

You’d be surprised at just how much food contains added sugar. There’s the obvious sweet stuff like juice, candy, and soda, but something as unassuming as pasta sauce can have added sugar in its ingredients. On the Nutrition Facts label, look for the “added sugar” under the total sugar line. Look for common added sugars such as maltose, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, and corn sweetener. 

Swap out traditional soda 

Soda has gone through a major transformation. “New age” soda brands have taken over the aisles with soda like we’ve never seen it before. These modern sodas contain ingredients like prebiotics, apple cider vinegar, and antioxidants. They still provide that soda flavor you crave while only containing 5 grams of sugar or less per serving! (A typical can of Coke has about 39 grams of sugar.) Watch out for these sodas on your next visit to the grocery store. Another great substitute is flavored sparkling water, which usually contains zero or low amounts of sugar while providing you with essential hydration. 

Change up your daily coffee order 

An easy way to cut down on unnecessary sugar is to switch up your daily coffee order to something less sugary and sweet. If you don’t love black coffee or straight cold brew, ask for sugar-free syrup in your usual latte. Avoid blended coffee drinks, as a typical size can contain anywhere from 40 to 60 grams of sugar.

Try zero-sugar supplements 

Your wellness routine deserves to get in on this low-sugar lifestyle too. Nature’s Way provides a range of zero sugar supplements to add to your daily lifestyle. Learn more here.

Find a sugar free way to wellness with these Nature’s Way products:

  • Sambucus Zero Sugar Immune Gummy is the same delicious gummy you’ve come to love, except with a zero sugar formula. Made with plant-based sweeteners and without sugar alcohols, find quality immune support year-round with these gummies.* 
  • Alive!® Zero Sugar Women's Gummy Multivitamin is made with 12 vitamins and minerals, including B-vitamins to help convert food to fuel.* No sugar alcohols added!
  • Alive!® Zero Sugar Men's Gummy Multivitamin contains 13 vitamins and minerals to help support energy metabolism, muscle function, and more.* Again, you won’t find sugar alcohols in this one. 
  • Calcium & Vitamin D3 helps you maintain strong, healthy bones with a delicious, sugar-free citrus flavored liquid you can mix into smoothies, water, or take straight.* 

A “low-sugar” lifestyle doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds, just try to stay mindful of those pesky added sugars. Browse our zero sugar supplements for sugar free support. 

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