Too much of a good thing is bad and sugar is no exception. Yes, who doesn’t love a couple bites from a scrumptious red velvet cupcake or a delicious fruity drink? Unfortunately, to get these treats to taste this delicious, a lot and we mean a lot of sugar goes into making them.
One may think that as long as you are eating your fruits and vegetables you can afford to have a donut or two. It is tempting during a long work day where you need an instant pick me up to reach for something sweet. Yet this energy boost is fast and fleeting, it’s better to drink water or have a fruit, instead.
If you have a sweet tooth it can feel like an impossible task to have to give up a favourite soda. Nonetheless, consuming too much sugar will negatively impact your overall health. You will be surprised at the damage you are doing to yourself for a couple of minutes of food pleasure.
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When you consume sugar your feel good chemicals, dopamine and serotonin are released. This is the same reaction the body has to drugs like cocaine. The more you have it, the more you crave it.
The more sugar in your foods, the more you are making your body work that much harder.
Insulin levels increase in order to regulate the excess sugar in the blood. Insulin is released from the pancreas.
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When the insulin level drops so does your sugar.
So the sugar rush you were hoping would give you a boost of energy will actually leave you drained and feeling foggy. This means you will be less focused and it will take longer to complete basic tasks.
Sugar works the same way as salt and spicy foods. You get used to the taste.
The more sugar you eat the more you will need to up the ante as your taste buds get dull overtime.
Eating too much sugar can literally be draining you dry.
The more sugar you consume the more insulin your body releases which will leave you leaving tired. Also simple sugars give no nutritional value nor the energy to get you through the day.
One great way to know how much sugar you are consuming is by reading the labels. You will be surprised to find out sugar is found in products that are not even sweet to begin with like ketchup and meat sauces.
Too much sugar in the blood system affects the arteries in addition to every organ in the body. And when that happens the risk of developing kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and even heart disease increase.
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