STOP! 5 Signs you need to cut your Sugar Intake now
Sugar is no doubt a major source of energy and essential for our health. But there is no arguments that eating too much sugary substances can cause detrimental effects on the body system. Of course, there is are natural sugar that can be found in our daily food and fruits such as fruits and vegetables but there are also those that are absolutely harmful to the health and can cause health problems like obesity, heart problem, diabetes and more – these are the processed/artificial sugar. These are the most common type of sugar that we take everyday, often found in processed foods, these are the ones we could do without, and most of us consume too much of them.
Sugar is sneaky and can hide under 61 different names, according to the University of California in San Francisco. Despite your best efforts to make healthy food choices, you could be getting more sugar than you bargained for.
What are the negative side effects of sugar?
According to a study published in November 2016 in the journal Nutrients, consuming too much added sugar has also been linked to weight gain and obesity, risk factors for heart disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cancer.
“Excessive intakes of added sugars impact our energy, mood, weight, and disease risk,” Cording says. “Across the board it can impact our physical and mental well-being.”Are you eating too much sugar? Below are 5 basic signs you are:
1. Increased Hunger and Weight Gain: If you’re consuming a lot of extra calories through added sugars, increased hunger is one of the first signs. Sugar is satisfying to our taste buds but it doesn’t really quench hunger. Without protein, fiber, and healthy fats, which most processed snacks and sugary treats lack, the body burns through sugar quickly and ramps up hunger, which can lead to mindless and even compulsive snacking.
2. Irritability: Are you feeling moody, irritable, or on edge, stress may not be the only reason — it could be a sign that you’re eating too much sugar. A study published in January 2020 in the journal Medical Hypotheses suggests that eating added sugars can promote inflammation, worsen mood, and lead to symptoms of depression.
A high-sugar meal or snack without protein and fat quickly spikes your blood sugar, but as your body rushes to process all of it, your energy levels crash, making you feel sluggish and irritable. The important thing is to pay attention when you’re feeling off. For example, if you start to feel irritable an hour after you eat a snack or at the same time every day, excess sugar could be to blame.
3. Fatigue And Low Energy: Sugar is easily absorbed and digested, so if you’re feeling fatigued, it could be due to the amount of sugar you’re getting in your diet. Large swings of blood sugar and insulin can also cause energy levels to plummet and affect your overall energy level.
4. High Blood Pressure: If you have been diagnosed with hypertension, chances are eating too much sugar is a contributing factor. According to research consuming sugar-sweetened beverages has a significant association with high blood pressure and a higher incidence of hypertension. Scientists have found that high levels of glucose can damage the lining of our blood vessels, making it easier for lipids like cholesterol to stick to the walls of the blood vessels.
5. Joint Pain: If you notice pain in your joints, it may not be age alone.
According to a survey published in December 2017 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research, among the 24 percent of respondents who had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and said food affected their symptoms, soda and desserts were most commonly cited.
Research shows that regularly consuming sugar-sweetened soda is associated with an increased risk of RA in some women, including those with late-onset RA.
Consuming too much sugar can lead to systemic inflammation, which may lead to joint pain. That said, there are several causes of joint pain so improving your diet by cutting back on the sweet stuff may not be a magic bullet.
All in all, for the sake of your own health, please cut your sugar intake.
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