Our expert says:
If you have a family history of diabetes then it is a good idea to cut down on excessive sugar intake. I would suggest that you start re-educating your tastebuds to foods such as fruit (fresh and dried) and other carbs. If your craving for sugar is a habit then you will be able to gradually wean yourself of eating such large amounts - have 1 less teaspoon of sugar or 1 less sweet a day, until you are down to a minimum amount. If you still require the sweet taste, then change to artificial sweeteners like aspartame in your coffee, tea and cold drinks. Aspartame has been declared safe for use by international health authorities. However, in some cases, sugar cravings can be triggered by the fact that you are not eating sufficient carbs. If this is the case with you then it is important to ensure that you are getting at least 1-2 portions of low-glycaemic index (GI) foods at each meal. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The Glycaemic Index' and read the articles on the GI to get information on these foods.
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