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13 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbohydrate Intake

Curb your intake of sugar-sweetened drinks

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Most sugar, whether it’s fructose, lactose, maltose, sucrose, or glucose, is considered a simple carbohydrate. Simple carbs provide quick energy, causing a rapid rise in blood sugar and insulin secretion from your pancreas.

Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas or sweetened iced teas can add a lot of extra carbs, in the form of sugar, to your diet.

For instance, one can (12 fluid ounces) of non-diet cola contains 35 grams of carbs, and one small sweetened iced tea drink contains 29.5 grams of carbs. These carbs come almost entirely from sugar.

Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has been associated with the onset of type 2 diabetes, so cutting back on these drinks could help reduce your risk of the condition.

If you’re craving something refreshing, flavored seltzers are a great substitute.

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