Have you got a sweet tooth just like millions of others out there? Do you find it difficult to resist those delectable, sugary treats?
If your answer is yes and if you are guilty of having a diet that contains a lot of added sugar, then it is time you reconsider your diet choices.
What is added sugar?
Added sugar is any sugar that is not found naturally. The sugar that you add to your food at home, the sugar that is present in processed foods and drinks that you buy from stores, the sugars that are used as preservatives for foods, these are all examples of added sugars.
On the other hand, the sugar that is found in unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, etc is referred to as natural sugar.
Everyone loves a sugary treat. Our taste buds crave for those mouth-watering desserts and are always ready to munch on them.
But our bodies might not be enjoying all this sugar. So much that some researchers even claim that added sugar is the worst ingredient in the modern diet.
The ill-effects of added sugar
This is because added sugar causes many ill-effects on the human body. We have listed below four of these that you should be most concerned about.
It has zero nutritional value
Added sugar doesn’t provide the body with proteins, minerals, fats, and vitamins. It has empty calories which only provides the body with energy.
But why is this a problem?
It is a problem because the other nutrient-rich foods that you will be consuming to balance your diet will also have calories. And so there will be a high chance that you are consuming more calories than you are supposed to consume. These additional calories will end up being stored in your body as fats. This takes us to our second point.
It contributes to weight problems
Most of the artificial sweeteners are made up of fructose, the fruit sugar. But our body does not receive fructose in the same manner it receives glucose. The difference is that fructose doesn’t make you feel full like glucose does and as a result, you end up consuming more calories.
Sugar is addictive
Dopamine is the feel-good hormone. Every activity that involves pleasure also involves the release of dopamine in the body. And as you have guessed, sugar consumption also results in the release of dopamine. So, in order to feel good again, the body will crave for more sugar. And as you keep on satisfying this urge, the addiction gets stronger with time.
Sugar can cause cancer
If you have a diet that is high in added sugar, your body will have to produce more insulin on a regular basis. Insulin is a very important hormone in regulating the unwanted growth of cells in the body. And if it is produced in excess, it can contribute towards cancer.
Instead of consuming these empty calories, focus your diet on complex foods that don’t just provide your body with energy but also with the other essential nutrients.