Whether it’s in your morning coffee, that afternoon tea snack or hidden in your cooking sauce, sugar is everywhere and for most people plays a major role in their diet.
Every health book, article or Instagram post will tell you that eating sugar, especially refined sugar, isn’t good for you but what impact does this sweet ingredient actually have on your body?
Find out how a high sugar intake in your diet could be negatively impacting your body.
If you struggle with cravings for sweets and sugar-packed foods, there’s a good reason behind it.
When you eat sugar, your brain gets a surge of dopamine, the feel-good chemical. Healthy whole foods like fruits and veggies don’t have the same reaction so your brain starts sending signals to eat more sweets to get another dopamine surge.
So, if you have a strong craving for ice-cream, even after a filling dinner, know that it’s your brain looking for those feel-good chemicals.
Spike Blood Sugar
When looking for a quick energy hit it might be easy to turn to a sugary snack, however this afternoon pick-me-up isn’t doing you any favours.
The quick energy boost you feel after a cookie or chocolate block is due to the sugar raising your blood sugar levels very quickly. Maybe a good feeling for a couple hours but the sugar crash is real.
As your cells absorb the sugar from your food your blood sugar levels dip dramatically leaving you feeling jittery, anxious and most often more tired than you were before your snack.
If you struggle with joint pain and have a bit of a sweet tooth it might be time to cut back.
Sugar, especially refined sugar has been linked to creating inflammation which in turn can increase aches and pain in the body and in your joints.
Additionally, an overconsumption of sugar can also increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis so it’s well worth cutting your daily intake.
If you’re looking to lose weight but find yourself struggling to shift body fat then a high amount of sugar in your diet could definitely be a contributing factor.
Eating too much sugar has been linked with damaging the metabolism leading to weight gain, higher fat stores around the waist, increased cholesterol levels, elevated blood sugar and high blood pressure.
Luckily, most of these conditions can be reversed with dietary and lifestyle changes.
How To Manage Your Sugar Consumption
When it comes to managing your sugar consumption it all comes down to maintaining a healthy diet. Having a healthy balanced diet filled with whole foods is naturally low in refined sugar and full of nutrients essential to healthy bodily function.
If you think your sugar intake is on the higher side track your sugar consumption for a few days. You might be surprised by the results.
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