How do you avoid free sugars?

Eat fresh, frozen, dried, or canned fruit. Compare food labels and choose products with the lowest amounts of added sugar. Reducing your intake of sugary drinks can help you lose weight and improve overall health (11, 1) To reduce sugar cravings, stock up on protein-rich whole foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, whole dairy products, avocados and nuts. Health experts recommend that you focus on reducing added sweeteners, such as granulated sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, stevia and molasses.

You don't need to worry so much about the sugars that are a natural part of fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Most people don't overeat natural sugars, as stated by Marion Nestle of New York University. The fiber, vitamins and minerals that surround them fill you up. Choose sugar-free versions of soft drinks and don't consume more than one glass if you drink juice.

Don't add sugar to your tea or coffee, and avoid sugary snacks or eat small portions.

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