All or step by step
A sugar-free diet is one that typically limits all sources of added sugar (like soda, snack bars and desserts, for example) and hidden sugar foods, and it sometimes also encourages a reduction in high-carbohydrate foods (like grains or fruits) that can still be healthy but do contain natural sugars.
There are lots of benefits to consuming more satisfying, nourishing foods in sugar’s place, such as lean proteins and healthy fats.
Some of the benefits of reducing your sugar intake in place of eating more whole foods include:
• Help with losing weight and preventing obesity
• Lowered risk for type 2 diabetes or prediabetes
• Gaining more energy
• Having more stable moods
• Reduced risk for inflammatory digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, candida, IBS and intolerance to wheat/gluten or FODMAP foods — many also notice less constipation, diarrhea, stomach bloating or acid reflux
• When sugar contributes to obesity, a sugar-free diet lowers risk for conditions related to metabolic syndrome, such as atherosclerosis, hypertension and heart disease
• Possibly less risk for cancer
• Protection against fatty liver disease
• Better protection against other common conditions related to inflammation, weight gain and nutrient deficiencies like hemorrhoids, kidney stones, peptic ulcer, PMS, autoimmune diseases, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and neurological diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease
It is a process – you can decide to fully get rid of sugar or do it step by step. What do you prefer?