What are the negative effects of sugar? Aging! Yep, that’s what you get, when you indulge in too much of this delectable sweet stuff.
Nothing but wrinkles, dull skin, and lank hair!
It is hard to avoid something delicious and sweet tasting. Especially when there is a birthday happening or some other celebration and you’re tempted with a yummy piece of cake.
According to a study by the Yale School of Medicine, all sugar is fructose and glucose.
Fructose naturally occurs in fruit. Glucose naturally occurs in most carbohydrate foods such as bread.
There are two other sugars, lactose, and sucrose. Lactose is found in milk and sucrose is your common table sugar. Sucrose is also in fruit, which is why it is usually recommended to only eat a couple of pieces a day if you are watching your weight.
The negative effects of sugar (sucrose) can cause depression, poor memory, learning disorders in children, and make people angry. Not a pretty picture.
Be careful of substituting brown rice syrup for sugar in recipes. This is high GI (Glycemic Index). It is glucose when broken down, this raises blood sugar levels.
The effects of too much sugar especially refined sugars will be converted by the liver into fat.
The health benefits of sugar well, quite frankly there are none, it is actually linked to a lot of health problems.
Negative Effects Of Sugar
It is actually called a drug, it is what Scientists have said for years now, only I wasn’t listening.
Dr. Weston Price a dentist in the 1930’s traveled the world looking at the teeth of isolated primitive people and their diets. He discovered these people had wonderful, strong healthy teeth because all they ate was natural foods.
They certainly didn’t have to worry about the negative effects of sugar in their diets.
The amount you need on a daily basis is quite deceiving. Many people don’t really know how much they are consuming.
This was my problem, so it came as a real shock to me when I added up the amount I was feasting on each week.
We come into this world hardwired for sweet things, did you know that? This is why we all have a hard time trying to give it up.
Not only do the effects of too much sugar equal an aging body and a host of other health problems, it is the reason many of us battle body fat.
And another thing, did you know, having a diet high in salty foods actually makes you crave for sweet foods.
Battling a sugar addiction can also bring on a yeast infection. If you suffer from bloating on a regular basis, thrush, skin problems or feel tired a lot, then you could have this problem.
Too much of this stuff is also linked to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and other diseases.
Worst of all, the negative effects of sugar increase the number of wrinkles you will have as you age.
Emotional eating is another reason many will reach for a sugary snack. This can create very unhealthy eating habits.
When you feel like something sweet, reach for a piece of fruit first, or have a glass of water, chew some sugar-free gum.
Really, all you need should come from healthy natural food.
How I Gave Up Sugar
There was a time when I thought about eating something sugary every day and I did. I found it very hard to cut out the biscuits and chocolate, especially going through perimenopause. This is a time when cravings for sweet things can be greatly increased.
I started by cutting down each day how many biscuits and chocolate I ate.
A little trick I do, whenever I feel like something sweet, I give myself 5 mins before reaching for something loaded with sugar. This allows the feeling to pass and 9 times out of 10 I don’t eat anything sugary.
Another trick, I brush my teeth after the evening meal and I don’t feel like eating anything else.
Once I felt myself lose a bit of weight, it became easier and easier to not eat anything full of sugar.
Along with the weight loss, my complexion looks healthier. And the difference in the morning when I wake up is fantastic. I don’t reach over and press the snooze button 4 or 5 times before I slowly and sluggishly get out of bed. Now, when I wake up, I’m up and usually awake before the alarm goes off.
The negative effects of sugar are now no longer a part of my life and I can tell you, I have never felt better.
Health Benefits Of Sugar Choosing Alternatives
You have to check the labels of everything you buy that’s packaged, even if you like to shop at a health food store.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you bought something from a health food store, or organic shop it is sweet free.
I love buying organic muesli for example and I always have to check that the brand I am buying does not contain added sugar. Some brands will have ‘organic raw sugar’ as if that should make it so much better for you.
The negative effects of sugar are found in everything from muesli bars to stock powder.
This one really takes the cake, Uncle Tobys Oats advertising one of their products with brown sugar. Written in large print on the front of their product indicating, it is a good thing for health. Seriously, the mind just boggles!
This is the kind of stupidity we the consumers are faced with. And sadly, I think some people actually feel buying this type of product will be good for them.
Sugar-free chocolate is available for the sweet tooth, natural yogurt, fruits, and vegetables, multi-grain bread all offer the body a natural intake of sugars.
Effects Of Too Much Sugar
I want to beat the aging process not speed it up, I don’t want to wake up one day and wonder why I look older than I am.
Cutting out sugar made a huge difference to the dark circles under my eyes.
Too much causes other health problems and cellulite.
Craving sugar is real and there is help out there for such an addiction.
When you consider there are no health benefits of sugar and look at cutting back or eliminating it from your diet altogether. It can be a challenge.
For some, it can be compared to trying to give up cigarettes, or any other kind of addiction. You give up, start again, give up, start again, and eventually, you give up completely.
Like the little fish, Nora from the film Nemo says, ‘just keep swimming, swimming, swimming’, well you get the idea.
I will, though, enjoy a piece of birthday cake, and the occasional yummy treat when out at a café.
In the meantime, I continue to eat healthy foods, walk the dogs, think happy thoughts, and the negative effects of sugar don’t affect me!