Sweet tooth: Indians and sweets go hand in hand. The country which has innumerable types of sweets for different occasions, ought to have people with sweet tooth. However, we cannot deny the fact, that excess sugar is dangerous for the health of an individual. We all must consume sugar but in a very less portion to satisfy the need for sugar in the body. Unknowingly we consume more sugar than the required amount, as the food we eat also contains a slight amount of sugar content in it. Sugar is present in your morning cup of tea or coffee, starchy food, yoghurts, cakes, slices of bread, chocolates, bun etc. Those who have sweet tooth, crave for sweets in the middle of the night or whenever they feel happy or sad. Thus, to help them stay healthy, here are some quick tricks to curb your sweet tooth. (Also read: How the consumption of sugar increases your weight)
Sugar craving: How to tame your sweet tooth and not eat excess sugar
- Try to eat natural sugar
- Eat sugar in a small portion
- Eat sugar as a dessert, not as a snack
- Go for a walk when you crave for sugar
- Eat foods rich in minerals
Try to eat natural sugar
Sugar is sugar whether you eat it in a form of chocolate or a fruit. However, the purest form is eating it naturally. Fruits, vegetables etc. are loaded with natural sugar along with other nutrients like vitamins and minerals. It helps to restrict the direct flow of sugar in the blood and thus regulates the level of dopamine level. Thus, instead of eating artificial sugar, eat natural sugar.
Eat sugar in a small portion
Most of us crave for sugar after having our meals. Eating something sweet after the lunch or dinner is like a ritual for many people. However, one must make sure to eat a small portion of sugar instead of bouncing on heavy bites. If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t instantly stop eating sugar. Thus, start by reducing your sugar consumption. (Also read: How does excess sugar harm our body)
Eat sugar as a dessert, not as a snack
Many people try to eat sugar in between their meal. This makes their brain crave for more sugar as it cannot resist the desire for sweetness. Eating the dessert after the meal is alright as our brain is able to feel satiated after the meal. Our meals contain carbohydrates, fibre, complex fat etc. which are enough to control the craving for the sugar. Also, it does not impact the blood sugar level adversely.
Go for a walk when you crave for sugar
The best way to curb your craving for sugar is to go for a walk. When you take a walk instead of eating sugar, your mind gets diverted. In a study, it has been revealed that brisk walking helps to curb the craving for sugar. So, this is the best way to keep your sweet tooth in control.
Eat foods rich in minerals
Often we crave for sugar when our body is deficient in minerals. Our body needs a good amount of chromium, zinc, magnesium etc. to regulate the level of sugar in the blood and to keep our heart healthy. Thus, eat more of green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, whole grains, nuts etc. to curb your sweet craving. (Also read: Why consuming brown sugar is better than white sugar)
These are some quick tricks to get rid of a sweet tooth, You can’t immediately stop eating sugar, thus start by reducing the consumption of sugar. You can also read this article in Hindi.