Sugar cravings come from over-consumption of…sugar! The more sugar you eat or drink, the more you crave. However, eating a moderate amount of naturally present sugars, such as those found in fruits, 100% whole grains and dairy, doesn’t really pose any health threat. But added sugars and high fructose corn syrup, which creep into everything from sodas to cereals and yogurt to bread, can fuel sugar cravings, cause weight gain, add to body-wide inflammation and increase your risk of type 2 diabetes.
The best way to reduce sugar cravings is to READ FOOD LABELS. Then you’ll see just where added sugar is hiding and you can avoid it. Words like malt, dextrose, fructose, sucrose and anything that says syrup indicate the product contains sugar in disguise.
You can also control sugar cravings by keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Never skip breakfast and make sure every meal provides a balance of protein and carbohydrates. This decreases the glycemic load and prevents blood sugar and insulin spikes. Also, eat a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours. And exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.