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Sugar is the worse substance in existence. To understand how bad sugar is for you, think about a 200-year-old skeleton and how it comes as no surprise that the teeth are still intact. In a new study out of the UK, scientists plotted average sugar intakes in various populations around the world and compared them to the levels of tooth decay.  They found people who eat little or no added sugar had little or no tooth decay.

For sugar to have the ability to rot a tooth is remarkable considering how strong calcium is.  The question I get all of time when I bash sugar is, “How do I curb my sweet tooth?”.  Will power is not the answer that anyone wants to hear. What people really want to know is a way for the desire of sugar to dissipate.

After months of research we have compiled our CF4L 10 best ways to fight you wanting sweets all day every day.

1. Increase your protein intake. Often our bodies will exhibit cravings for sweets when what they really need is more protein (seafood, lean white meat, beans, etc.).

2. Eat a breakfast with no sugar. For example, try eating brown rice, lean protein or blanched vegetables first thing in the morning. Eating sugar in the morning makes you crave more sugar throughout the day.

3. Grab some gum. If you want to avoid giving in to a sugar craving completely, try chewing a stick of gum.

4. Eat foods that are high in the mineral magnesium. These include dark leafy greens, raw cacao, nuts and seeds, brown rice, quinoa and avocado. Sugar cravings may actually be a result of magnesium deficiency.

5. Eat a teaspoon of extra-virgin coconut oil three times a day. This will help boost metabolism, nourish the brain and reduce sugar cravings. Add coconut oil to your smoothies, soups and stir-fries.

6. Get up and go. When a sugar craving hits, walk away. Take a walk around the block or do something to change the scenery, to take your mind off the food you’re craving.

10 Ways To Fight Your Sweet Tooth…And Win!  was originally published on blackdoctor.org

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