A 2016 survey found that 96% of Brits are unaware of the maximum amount of sugar they should be consuming per day (it’s 30g, in case you were wondering). More recently, Public Health England advised parents crack down on the sugary snacks they five their children. But how can you cut your sugar cravings?
The good news is, it’s not as hard as it may seem. In fact, introducing these spices into your diet can make all the difference:
Liquorice could help you dampen your sugar cravings by providing natural sweetness without the sugar. (This isn’t your cue to buy a packet of Liquorice Allsorts.) When a craving strikes, try sipping a cup of liquorice tea instead – without any sugar, of course. Pick up a packet of Licorice Yogi Tea.
This spice helps your body control the amount of sugar in our blood, evening out the highs and lows that lead to cravings. One study found those who took 3g of cinnamon a day maintained lower blood sugar levels after a glucose-tolerance test than those who did not take the cinnamon. Get your hit from Lean Matcha Tea.
Studies have shown that curcumin (one of turmeric’s active constituents) can help people with diabetes to control their blood sugar. It also has anti-inflammatory properties. Add it to eggs, smoothies or soups for your sugar-curbing hit. You can buy turmeric raw, but it’s far easier to pick up the powder – you can get it from supermarkets for around £1.