What you don’t know about added sugar can hurt you
The average person takes in 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Yet the recommenced amount by the American Heart Association is just 6 tsp for women and 9 tsp for men daily. This is added sugar, not counted is the natural occurring sugar in fruit or foods with fiber. A typical soda has 8 tsp of added sugar. What you don’t know about added sugar can hurt you.
How does this added sugar hurt you?
Ten reasons why sugar is bad for you
- Sugar is the biggest cause of obesity- sugar intakes drives insulin, which is our fat storing hormone. Sugar is addictive and stimulates our appetite to eat more.
- Sugar is the biggest cause of Type 2 diabetes- changing lifestyle and eating habits can help someone in the pre diabetic stage to avoid the life long consequences of diabetes. (Type 2 diabetes only).
- Sugar is related to cardiac health and high blood pressure. The extra insulin in your bloodstream can affect your arteries or circulation system in a way that adds stress to your heart
- Sugar gives you tooth decay. Snacks and sweets that are loaded with sugar contribute to tooth decay and tooth lose at any age
- Sugar crowds out nutritious foods. When you fill up on junk or sugar packed food, you are eating more food with less nutritious content. Creating a lifestyle of being over fed and undernourished.
- Sugar is linked to depression. The state of having high and low blood sugars impacts our moods and energy levels.
- Sugar is linked to inflammation- this extra sugar can worsen joint pain
- Sugar makes your skin age faster. Sugar attaches to proteins in your blood stream and creates harmful molecules that age your skin faster than normal.
- Eating sugar gives your brain an immediate boost with a chemical called dopamine. So you feel good immediately, however you start to crave more sugar to keep that feeling. This is the cycle of sugar addition.
- Extra sugar at night means you are more likely to wake up in the middle of the night.
Pick any one of these reasons as good enough to start changing your sugar habits.
Reading labels is key. Eating real food and avoiding processed or fast food will help more than anything.