This year, leave the zombie in your costume. Excess sugar can leave you feeling and looking tired, so it’s time to cut back.
According to Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, you can still have fun on Halloween, but you should take a look at the sugar in your regular diet to avoid staying a zombie long after the costume comes off.
The average American consumes tons of empty calories from sugar and white flour. This excess sugar consumption has been shown to contribute to high cholesterol, heart disease and stroke, cognitive impairment, diabetes and metabolic problems, chronic pain, fatigue, and obesity.
Trying to quit sugar altogether isn’t a good method (the “cold turkey” method rarely works), but there are ways to avoid excess sugar consumption without having to give up your favorite sweet treats.
Every 4 grams of sugar listed is 1 teaspoon of sugar, so be a smart consumer and look at nutrition labels before you buy. Look for healthy sweeteners, like stevia, that you can use in place of sugar. You can satisfy your sweet tooth without all the empty calories. There’s also some good news for you chocolate lovers: Chocolate is rich in antioxidant polyphenols, so when consumed in moderation, chocolate is actually a healthy snack!
Enjoy yourself this Halloween, just don’t let the sugar get the best of you.
For tips on how to beat your sugar addiction, check out Dr. Teitelbaum’s book, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction!