Added sugar is everywhere today. Food manufacturers add sugar to almost every processed food, from the seemingly healthy granola bar to pastries, sodas, and most dairy products.
To that end, we’d like to share some of the harmful effects of added sugar on your body and what benefits you can experience by removing it from your diet.
Let’s dive in.
4 Adverse Health Effects of Added Sugar
1. Weight Gain
Added sugar doesn’t necessarily turn to fat on your hips, belly, and buttocks, but these foods are often delicious and calorie-dense. As a result, you’re more likely to overeat, consuming way more calories than your body needs, resulting in weight gain.
2. Potential Risk of Acne
According to research, consuming sugary foods can cause a chain reaction in your body, resulting in excess oil production and skin inflammation. As a result, you’re more likely to suffer from acne, even after your teenage years.
3. Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Consuming too much sugar forces the pancreas to produce and release more insulin. Over time, the burden can damage the beta-cells of the pancreas, rendering the organ incapable of producing enough insulin. As a result, glucose levels become chronically elevated, and the person needs insulin administration to control blood sugar.
4. Possibly Elevated Risk of Depression
Depression is a complex mental disorder with many levels and countless possible sources. But, from what we’ve seen in experiments, people who consume large amounts of sugar daily are at a higher risk of suffering from depression.
One potential reason is that high sugar intake can lead to inflammation and neurotransmitter dysregulation, leading to depressive symptoms.
4 Practical Benefits You Can Expect By Reducing Your Added Sugar Intake
1. You Feel Better
One of the most practical benefits of reducing your sugar intake is that you feel better. You’re no longer on a rollercoaster where your blood sugar levels jump and drop multiple times per day, leading to bouts of high energy, followed by brain fog, fatigue, and irritability. Instead, you experience steadier energy levels, feel better, and are more productive.
2. You Think And Focus Better
High sugar intakes are often linked to brain fog, mood swings, and an inability to concentrate, leading to poor learning and impaired productivity.
Aside from feeling better, reducing your added sugar intake can support your cognitive function, allowing you to think more clearly, solve issues with greater ease, and improve your work output.
3. Losing Weight Gets Easier
As mentioned above, sugar alone is not the cause of fat gain or the obesity epidemic. But, reducing your sugar intake would mean cutting out many calorie-dense and high-fat processed foods. As a result, controlling your calories becomes easier, and you can lose weight more easily.
4. You Experience Fewer Cravings
Consuming carbs often increases your cravings for sugary and processed foods later. As a result, carbs become your primary energy source, and your intake of healthy fats and proteins drops.
By reducing your sugar intake, you experience fewer urges for such foods and can instead get your daily calories from nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, eggs, dairy, etc.
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