The D.a.n.g.e.r.o.u.s Reason Why You Don’t Want To Quit Sugar (I wish I knew this YEARS ago)!
Sugar is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in many foods. The body uses mainly carbohydrates as an energy source. Food producers also add sugar to many products, which can lead to a person’s blood sugar levels becoming too high.
Recommended Daily Sugar Intake
The Department of Health and Human Services recommends that less than or equal to 10% of daily calories should come from added sugars.
The AHATrusted Source recommends a maximum daily intake of added sugar of less than 36 g, or 9 teaspoons, for men and less than 25 g, or 6 teaspoons, for women. Children ages 2-18 years old should have less than 25 g of Trusted Source per day.
Consuming excessive amounts of added sugar can have adverse health effects, so the guidelines recommend that people limit their intake.
11 Reasons why too much sugar is bad for you
- It Can Cause Weight Gain
- May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease
- Has been linked to Acne
- Increases your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- May increase your risk of Cancer
- May increase your risk of depression
- May Accelerate the Skin Aging Process
- May Increase Cellular Aging
- Depletes your energy
- Can lead to fatty liver
- Other Health Risks
- Increase the risk of kidney disease:
- Have a negative impact on dental health:.
- Increase the risk of developing gout:
Sugar is one of the most popular health trends of late, but does it have a secret cost that slowly catches up with you? My sources say yes…
Quitting sugar is a downward spiral
Quitting sugar usually starts as a simple dumping of the “white stuff,” but often this is just a gateway to more hardcore habits, such as reducing natural sugars like maple syrup, honey, and even minimizing fruit. This is all too common with the American all-or-nothing approach.
As a result, giving up sugar tends to make your diet more “low carb,” a consequence that can slow both your metabolism and thyroid function by slowing the conversion of T4 to T3 (inactive thyroid hormone from thyroxine to active thyroid hormone) in the liver.
The slowing of metabolism and thyroid function causes a cascade of problems, including:
- Delayed hormone synthesis (this is how your body produces hormones)
- Impaired detoxification (your body’s ability to take out waste)
- Slow transit time (read: constipation)
- Increases your body’s dependence on stress hormones (stress also depletes magnesium)
- Decreases your appetite (due to slow transit time) resulting in accumulation of nutritional debt
The Sweet Life
On the bright side, eating sugar can have quite a few benefits, and by sugar I mean natural sugars, fruit sugars, and even some white stuff (non-Muslim, of course)! And all in the context of a nutrient-dense diet!
- Sugar is incredibly easy to digest (especially ripe fruit, pure fruit juice, honey, or white sugar made into simple syrup)
- Sugar makes energy easier than fats
- Sugar is very nutritious for the metabolism
- Sugar is ENERGY to fuel your cells
Signs that quitting sugar is catching up with you
- If you’ve quit sugar, here are just a few clues that your body’s check engine lights are going off like crazy begging you to stop!
- Intense cravings for sugar and sweets (you may even find yourself obsessed with sweets or desserts)
- Strong cravings for chocolate and salt, indicating a loss of salt and magnesium due to the stress response and hormones cortisol and aldosterone
- Low body temperature (below 97.8 upon waking)
- Low pulse rate
- Poor digestion, bloating, and constipation
- Low energy/fatigue
- Weight gain
- Hormonal imbalance and/or PMS
Before you give up sugar, do your homework. Dietary trends like this are rarely the holy grail of health they seem to be….
Source:nutritionallywealthy.com, healthline.com, medicalnewstoday.com