6 ways to beat your sugar habit

Americans consume 23 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Roll back your intake with these tips from Mike Roussell, Ph.D., author of The 6 Pillars of Nutrition.
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Kick the canned soda

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First, replace it with diet soda to reduce calories while still having your sweetness fix. Then, after a week, make the switch to seltzer with a slice of citrus.

--By Maria Masters, Men's Health

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Sweeten yogurt naturally

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Fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts can contain almost 30 grams of sugar, much of it added. Opt for plain and mix in blueberries or sprinkle on cinnamon.

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Snack on whole foods and grains

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Instead of energy bars, candy and cookies, eat nuts, vegetables and fiber-rich fruits (like apples, pears and berries) or whole grains, like popcorn.

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Dilute your fruit juice

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Fruit drinks account for about 10 percent of the added sugar in our diets. Mix your juice with an equal amount of H2O and you'll halve the calories.

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Swap out your cereal

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Shelve the Frosted Flakes for steel-cut oats. Stir in a half scoop of vanilla protein powder for a sweetness kick. You'll add about 10 grams of protein.

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Pick your own dessert

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Grilled fruit makes a great dessert, providing a sweetness hit with a healthy dose of fiber. Our top picks: peaches, grapefruit and watermelon.

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