We all know we should eat less sugar. However, food manufacturers tend to sneak sugar into just about everything, making it difficult to know how much we are consuming. Plus, sugar tastes good. Nevertheless, it’s worth the effort to cut back on added sugar as much as you can.
Natural sugars found in fruit and added sugars affect the body differently. Fruit contains a high amount of fiber, which slows absorption of sugar. Added sugar though, is rapidly absorbed by the body which causes blood sugar levels to spike. This can lead to issues like insulin resistance, which can lead to type 2 diabetes. It also increases our triglycerides, which can lead to plaque buildup in our veins. Added sugar has also been linked to promote metabolic syndrome. This can increase your risk for diseases like diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. Making it especially dangerous, sugar spikes dopamine levels in the brain, causing you to want more and more.
The research clearly shows that there are many negative health effects caused by added sugar. This is especially concerning considering that there’s no nutritional benefit to eating/ drinking it. So it is important to track how much sugar you are having. Here’s what to look for on nutrition labels:
The American Heart Association recommends no more than 24 grams of added sugar a day for women and 36 grams of added sugar for men. But cutting back even more is better. Good luck!