There are numerous health benefits to cutting the amount of sugar in your diet. Along with physical benefits, there are also improvements in mood, memory and clarity of thought. The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar to 25 grams a day for women and 38 grams a day for men. This works out to about six teaspoons of sugar, the same as in a can of pop.
You can try and limit sugary items as snacks throughout the day, or even opt for more naturally sourced sugars like stevia when that intense craving for something sweet hits. Another way to cut down on the sweet stuff is to go for fruit instead of that chocolate bar, though a dark chocolate bar with 70% cacao is a safe choice. Or pick up some fresh Saudi dates (natures natural treat) like the ones at the Dait Bar at the Food Hall CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Be sure to try the Cloud 9 date piped with peanut butter. It's a great substitute for a sugary snack plus the peanut butter will keep you full longer and until your next meal.
A yogurt parfait is the perfect sweet treat substitute plus it's a great source of natural protein. The key is to amp-up the yogurt with fruits, both fresh or dried, and nuts or sweet granola. The Yogurt Bar at our Food Hall at CF Toronto Eaton Centre can help you create a custom yogurt parfait of your liking with sweet toppings. These natural sugars are much better for your body and come with the helpful addition of fiber – to help you digest.