HEALTH | 5 Step Challenge To Dumping The Sweetener Habit

Black coffee is terrible! That's what 50% of folks respond with when asked if they would kick the sweetener habit. And I agree, sort of.

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For the past 4 weeks I have been phasing sweeteners out of my daily coffee routine. Why would I do something so crazy? The simple answer is that sweeteners aren't good for me.

CAN SWEETENERS HARM YOU?

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The American Heart Association strongly recommends limiting added sugars. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, and those extra pounds can lead to a string of health problems. In addition to obesity, it can increase triglyceride levels, a risk factor for heart disease.

It hasn't been easy, though. My palate has been well-trained and I enjoy the sweet taste of a caramel creamer in my coffee. But I am determined to kick the habit.

To make this happen I challenged myself in the only way that made sense, phasing out the sweet additives with a long-term goal of going straight black coffee in 4 weeks.

I didn't quite meet the 4 week mark, but I'm close. 'A' for effort?

MY 5 STEP PROCESS

Before I started the challenge I was putting 2 mini creamer packs in 2 coffees a day for a total of 4 creamer packs. That is a lot, so I knew it was going to be a tough road.

Here's what I did:

  • Step 1 - Drop to 1 creamer pack per cup.
  • Step 2 - 1/2 creamer pack per cup
  • Step 3 - No creamer. 2 packets of sweetener per cup
  • Step 4 - 1 packet of sweetener per cup
  • Step 5 - 1/2 packet of sweetener per cup
  • (not yet here) Final Step - No more additives 

This is a simple taste bud retraining exercise, or hack for the kids out there.

Eventually my tastes buds will prefer the taste of black coffee as opposed to sweetened and I will have set myself up for a healthier life.

MORE EVIDENCE

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World Health Organization found that decreased intake of added sugars significantly reduced body weight, whereas increased sugar intake led to a comparable weight increase.

Next week I will be "off the stuff" completely, that doesn't mean I won't treat myself now and again. What are weekends for if not breaking the rules?

What about you?

Would you take the 5 Step Challenge and dump the sweeteners?

Tell us in the comments.

 

 

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