47% of the added sugar that people get is from beverages. So if you just cut that out, you’re doing great to start. Click To Tweet

Sugar is one of the worst foods you can put in your body.

It’s also one of the most common ingredients in our food system — lurking in everything from ketchup to protein bars.

While the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the consumption of added sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake, in reality, added sugars make up 17% of total energy intake among US adults and teenagers[*], and the greatest contributors are sugary drinks and confectionery[*].

This sugar consumption severely harms our short and long-term health because it leads to obesity, insulin resistance, type II diabetes, cardiovascular problems, skin breakouts, energy crashes, moodiness, lower cognitive function, and poor nutrition.

So how can you kick the sugar habit for good — and help your family do it too?

This week, I chatted with Zevia CEO Paddy Spence about his own sugar-free journey, how he educates his children about food and health and the simple steps you can take to get off the sweet stuff.

Almost 18 years ago, Paddy Spence went sugar-free along with his wife. He went from eating 250 grams of sugar per day — about one cup — to only 15 grams, or 1 tablespoon.

Ten years later — after seeing a bottle of sugar-free Zevia in a supermarket shelf– he decided to acquire the company and create a healthier, stevia-sweetened soda to help people ditch sugar.

Stevia helps you adjust to a lower level of sweetness and reduces your demand for sugar. Click To Tweet

If you’re struggling to cut sugar from your diet, in this episode you’ll learn which alternative sweeteners can help, how to upgrade your nutrition, how to stick to a low sugar limit, and much more.

In this episode, we go over:

  • Why cutting out sugar is a crucial step for optimal health
  • How a food journal can help you track your sugar intake
  • The short-term and long-term health benefits of going sugar-free
  • What to eat instead of sugary foods
  • Why not all sugar-free sweeteners are the same
  • What Stevia is and how it can help
  • Stevia vs sugar alcohols
  • Why some people struggle with Stevia’s taste
  • Why you should be skeptical about health claims in most “natural” food products
  • The problem with fruit juice, coconut water, sodas, and sweetened beverages
  • How to get your family on board with a healthy lifestyle change
  • How Paddy teaches his kids about food and health
  • What a sugar budget is
  • How to give your children healthier food choices
  • How Paddy eats to fuel his athletic performance
  • How Paddy and his wife went sugar-free
  • Paddy’s approach to carbs and beverages
  • How Paddy got started with Zevia
  • Paddy’s nutrition tips and wellness habits

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  1. I gotta start by saying, I LOVE this podcast!! So much rich information. I’ve been doing Keto for about 6 months, I discovered it kind of on my own while researching my health issues; I have PCOS, insulin resistance, high BMI, cholesterol etc… all problems that I’m realizing now come from the over-consumption of carbs! I have been listening to this podcast a ton because knowledge is power, I stay motivated by understanding a bit of the science behind all of this which is why I love this podcast so much. Anyway I’ve been actively trying to also reduce my daughter’s sugar & processed carb consumption because I don’t want her to have the issues I have when she’s older and this episode really solidified that. I never really thought about the adult-sized portions specifically it’s effect on her being more drastic because she’s smaller. It’s time, I gotta toss the breakfast cereal, limit the treats, and have a serious discussion with her father about his secretive orange soda drinking because I know he shares with her. Luckily, she is not turned off by Stevia, I ought to buy Zevia more often and see how they like it. I bake with it for myself and she’ll gladly eat my Keto snacks etc… Inspired to change. Thanks Anthony for doing this.

  2. First of all, i listen to this podcast every week! It’s THE best ressources on the ketogenic lifestyle.

    In this episode ive learned so much on how to deal with sugar and make healthier choices for my children too!

    I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who is interested in learning or who is already a keto lover haha!

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