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Replace Sugary Snacks for Health

Sugar may give you a short-lived energy boost, but a high intake allows for fat to be stored in the body—resulting in an increase in your triglyceride levels and insulin resistance. This inflation may increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Sugar can also cause cavities and a sugar addiction.

Sugar addiction can occur simply by consuming it too often. Our body’s immediate response to sugar is an increase in serotonin levels, which could cause us to crave more sugar.

 

Healthy Alternatives

Foods rich in protein, and high in fiber and complex carbohydrates, provide lasting energy to help curb your sugar cravings. Replace your usual snacks with healthier alternatives: almonds, air-popped popcorn, peanut butter, bananas, kale chips, and hummus with veggies.

Aim to eat foods that will keep you satisfied longer and steer clear of foods with little to no nutritional value.

Find more snack ideas and recipes from Ornish Lifestyle Medicine.