Sugar is a sneaky white poison, lurking in most food and drinks we consume – from soda to “healthy” cereal, including drinks such as sports beverages. According to World Health Organisation recommendations, approximately 5% of caloric intake should come from sugar for female adults (roughly 25 grams for a woman and 37.5 for men); unfortunately however, many exceed these recommendations due to sugar’s prevalence in our diets today.
Sugar overconsumption has been linked with various health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Recognizing signs of excessive sugar consumption is key in moving towards leading a healthier lifestyle – here are some potential indicators that you may be eating too much sweets.
While having a sweet tooth can be enjoyable, when craving sugary treats on an ongoing basis it could be an indication that you’re eating too much sugar. Sugar releases dopamine and serotonin – chemical signals associated with feeling good – into the brain which create a vicious cycle of indulgence that eventually ends with overeating of sweets.
Lack of Energy
Eating too much sugar may leave you feeling fatigued after an initial burst. This phenomenon, known as the’sugar crash’, occurs because eating sugar causes blood glucose levels to surge, which then require your body to work hard to bring back down again resulting in fluctuating energy levels that result in fluctuations in energy.
Too much sugar can have serious repercussions for your skin. You may begin experiencing breakouts, particularly on your face. Intake of too much sugar may exacerbate conditions like eczema and rosacea as well.
Sugar contains many empty calories that provide no nutrition value to the body; when consumed at higher than needed quantities, any surplus will be stored as fat in your system and lead to weight gain.
Sugar has the power to reduce our immune function. A diet high in sugar may weaken its response system and make you more prone to infection or illness.
Eating sugary food or beverages can increase your risk of cavities and tooth decay by encouraging bacteria in your mouth to multiply and produce acid, which erodes away at tooth enamel and leads to cavities and other issues.
Fluctuating blood sugar levels may lead to mood swings and irritability. After eating sugary food, your mood may suddenly shift dramatically – from feeling high after snacking on something sweet, to experiencing an unexpected drop and then becoming anxious or depressed shortly thereafter.
A diet high in sugar can contribute to brain fog. This means feelings of confusion or lack of mental clarity due to high sugar levels in your bloodstream. High levels of sugar impair cognitive function and focus.
High Blood Pressure
Your natural blood pressure shouldn’t fluctuate significantly, but diets high in sugar may lead to inflammation and weight gain – both factors which are known to elevate one’s blood pressure levels.
Increased Thirst or Urination
If you find that you’re thirstier than normal or are urinating more often than usual, these could be telltale signs of prediabetes or diabetes – conditions linked to excessive sugar consumption.
Recognizing these signs can be the first step to cutting down your sugar consumption. While quitting may be difficult at first, its health benefits will make the effort worthwhile. Seek help from healthcare professionals or dieticians on how best to adjust your diet in order to reduce sugar intake; after all, every journey starts with just one step!