According to physicians and nutritionists, the most effective way to prevent heart disease is to take it one bite at a time.

It’s the small decisions that turn into improved overall health.

Many books have been written about the dieting magical wand but ultimately the two biggest threats to getting and staying healthy are sugar and fried foods.

There are two main types of sugar in the human diet: naturally occurring sugar and added sugar. You can consume sugar already found in foods like fruit and milk or added sugar in processed or prepared foods and drinks. Deciding to cut back on your added sugar intake is no easy task. However, the benefits of cutting out sugar may include improved oral or heart health, weight reduction, and more.

It’s also important to know that, though sugar isn’t often considered a “healthy” food, eating it in moderation is fine. One possible effect could be lower energy levels if you cut out all sugar. Sugars are a carbohydrate, a macronutrient broken down to make glucose—the body’s primary energy source.

Giving up sugar might affect your mood. When you eat sugar, your brain releases endorphins and dopamine—hormones that make you feel good in the moment.56 If you’re used to feeling that way due to sugar intake, it’s possible that it could negatively impact your emotions.

Some people may try to stop eating sugar on the spot. By not doing it gradually, they might find it challenging not to consume foods or drinks with added sugar later.

If you decide to cut back on added sugar, there are a few benefits. Talk with a registered dietitian first for guidance and more information about this approach.

Try switching out white refined sugar for a substitute or honey to start with and stay dedicated.

Feeling better is worth any small healthy diet change.