Curbing your sugar consumption may just be the single most important dietary change you can make. Because of the link between excess sugar and heart disease, the nation’s top killer of both men and women, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that added sugars -- the types used to sweeten foods and beverages -- be capped at no more than six teaspoons’ worth per day for women and nine for men. One of the most ubiquitous sources of added sugar is what you sip. A single beverage can easily pack more sugar than a typical serving of candy, cookies or ice cream and exceed the AHA’s daily advised limit. To cut back -- without sacrificing fancy coffee drinks, cocktails and the like -- put these 10 simple swaps into action.
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