Health and Fitness By Mae Davies / May 2, 2015 Sugar is among the most useful edible substances found in nature. It’s added to food and drinks to make them taste even better and lengthen their shelf life. When we consume some, it can give us an energy boost and stimulate our bodies to release calming and relaxing endorphins. But overconsumption can cause cravings that could lead to weight gain or disease. How fortunate it is for all of us then that getting rid of sugar cravings is easy to learn. For proof, allow us to discuss it with you, starting with fruit. Almost all fruits are naturally sweet because they contain the monosaccharides (simple sugars) glucose and fructose, as well as some of the disaccharide sucrose. Fruits bear these sugars to encourage animals to consume them and help them disperse their seeds. The amounts of sugar found in fruits are much less than those usually found in most food items and beverages. The sugars in fruits are also natural, unlike those in many food items and beverages, which are usually concoctions of artificial sweeteners and other chemicals. Thus, consuming fruits instead of sweetened food items and beverages helps wean you off the latter. Over time, you’ll stop craving sugar. Consuming fruits is also more healthful than consuming sweetened food items and beverages. While all of them are nutritious, unlike the nutrients sweetened food items and beverages contain, which are chemicals, mostly, the nutrients found in fruits are natural and therefore safe to consume. To save you from the chore of choosing which fruits would be best for you to consume, we suggest you start with these ‘super fruits’: Bananas Since you could buy some of it easily, it’s unlikely that you’ve thought of bananas as a super fruit. But they are indeed. A medium-sized banana (118 g in weight) contains several nutrients—vitamins A, C, D, B6, and B12, as well as calcium, potassium, protein, iron, and magnesium—and low amounts of calories (105 kcal), fat (0.4 g in total), sodium (1 mg), carbohydrates (27 g in total), and sugar (14 g). Blueberries Since its health benefits include detoxification, weight loss, and healthy brain functions maintenance, it should be no surprise that blueberries are among the super fruits that could help you rid yourself of your sugar cravings. One cup (148 g) of blueberries contains the same nutrients as a medium-sized banana. It’s also low in calories (85 kcal), fat (0.5 g in total), sodium (1 mg), carbohydrates (21g in total), and sugar (15 g). Grapes Apart from containing resveratrol, one of the most powerful known antioxidants, grapes are rich in vitamins (e.g., vitamins A and K and folate) and minerals (e.g., calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium). Moreover, one cup (92 g) of grapes is low in calories (62 kcal), fat (0.3 g in total), sodium (2 mg), carbohydrates (16 g in total), and sugar (15 g). To be sure, we aren’t telling you to consume as many fruits as you want. Part of learning how to get rid of sugar cravings is to control yourself, so you should consume fruits in moderation. If you don’t, you’ll gain weight or fall ill. But what if you don’t like fruits? Don’t worry; there are other ways that you could easily rid yourself of your sugar cravings. We’ll soon be sharing them here, so do pay us a visit again.