27 Sep Sugar
Chances are you already know about sugar effects on health and that eating too much sugar isn’t good for you. Yet you’re probably still overdoing it.
Americans average about 20 teaspoons of added sugars per day, compared to the recommended 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.
Sugary drinks, candy, baked goods, and sweetened dairy are the main sources of added sugar. But even savoury foods, like loaves of bread, tomato sauce, and protein bars, can have sugar, making it all too easy to end up with a surplus of the sweet stuff. To complicate it further, added sugars can be hard to spot on nutrition labels since they can be listed under a number of names, such as corn syrup, agave nectar, palm sugar, cane juice, or sucrose.
No matter what it’s called, sugar is sugar, and it can negatively affect your body in many ways. Here’s a closer look at how sugar can mess with your health.
Eating sugar gives your brain a huge surge of a feel-good chemical called dopamine, which explains why you’re more likely to crave a candy bar at 3 p.m. than an apple or a carrot. Because whole foods like fruits and veggies don’t cause the brain to release as much dopamine, your brain starts to need more and more sugar to get that same feeling of pleasure. This causes those “gotta have it” feelings for your after-dinner ice cream that are so hard to tame.
The occasional candy or cookie can give you a quick burst of energy or “sugar high” by raising your blood sugar levels fast. When your levels drop as your cells absorb the sugar, you may feel jittery and anxious also know as the dreaded “sugar crash”. But if you’re reaching into the candy jar too often, sugar starts to have an effect on your mood beyond that 3 p.m. slump.
You probably rolled your eyes at age 12, but your mother was right, Candy can rot your teeth. Bacteria that cause cavities love to eat sugar lingering in your mouth after you eat something sweet.
If you have joint pain, here’s more reason to lay off the sugar. Eating lots of sweets has been shown to worsen joint pain because of the inflammation they cause in the body. Plus, studies show that sugar consumption can increase your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
Another side effect of inflammation: It may make your skin age faster. Sugar attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and creates harmful molecules called “AGEs,” or advanced glycation end products. These molecules do exactly what they sound like they do and age your skin.
They have been shown to damage collagen and elastin in your skin, protein fibres that keep your skin firm and youthful. The result? Wrinkles and saggy skin.
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