19 Ways To Eat Less Added Sugar Without Even Trying

Crazy easy swaps, hacks, and make-ahead recipes.

There is a way to eat less sugar without hating life.


It’s actually pretty easy to eat less added sugar every day without depriving yourself of desserts, treats, and the delicious stuff you’re used to having. The way to do it is to make simple swaps that still taste great (and that you can live with!) and learning how to quickly prep tasty goods so that you don’t have to only rely on packaged stuff that typically has tons of added sugar. Check out the swaps and tips below.

And just real quick, in this article we’re talking about added sugars.


These are the sweeteners added to packaged foods and the sugar you add to your coffee, tea, oatmeal, and so on — not the naturally occurring sugars found in fruit. Added sugars are the stuff that’s linked to weight gain and risk of cardiovascular disease (even when you’re not overweight), and the CDC says that the average American eats way too much of it — about 82 grams per day. This is way more than what the American Heart Association recommends for women (25 grams per day) and for men (38 grams of added sugar per day).


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1. Eat cereal that isn’t a bowl of sugar but also doesn’t taste like sticks.



True story: Some cereals are more than 50% sugar (like Honey Smacks, which have15 grams of sugar per 3/4 cup).

But there are other cereals that have far less sugar but enough to make them damn tasty, like Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal and Puffins Original, both of which have five grams of sugar per 3/4 cup.

Here’s a complete list of cereals and their sugar content.

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