Sugar is present in our everyday diet and it is considered as one of the most damaging substances that we consume. According to the famous Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology in the University of California and a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism, around 6 teaspoons of added sugar can be safely metabolized by our body.
Unfortunately, the statistics reveals that people in the United States consume three times more sugar than the safe amount. This means that the majority of the excess sugar is metabolised into the body and as a result it leads to many different serious health conditions that people are struggling with.
Here are some of the effects that consuming too much sugar has on your health:
According to many experts, the intake of too much sugar or fructose is as harmful for the liver as drinking alcohol. This is because your liver transports all the sugar you intake and this process severely taxes and overloads the organ, thus leading to potential liver damage.
Moreover, sugar can affect your insulin and leptin signaling and trick your body into gaining weight. The reason why sugar tricks your metabolism to eat more and develop insulin resistance is because it turns off your body’s appetite control system. For instance, at first it fails to stimulate insulin which in turn fails to supress the hunger hormone known as ghrelin which further fails to stimulate the satiety hormone – leptine.
Another important thing to know is that eating too much sugar causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome and the following ones are the most common symptoms: elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, high blood pressure, weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL.
It should also be mentioned that too much sugar intake can increase your uric acid levels which are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. According to a recent study the safest range of uric acid is between 3 to 5.5 milligrams per deciliter. You are at risk to the negative health impacts of fructose if your uric acid level is higher than this. As you can see, there are very good reasons why you should avoid drinking soda drinks which are loaded with sugar.
The following 8 signs can reveal whether you are eating too much sugar or not.
- Your skin won’t stop breaking out.
According to Rebecca Kazin, M.D., of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins department of dermatology, some people are extremely sensitive and they tend to get a spike in insulin from sugar intake. As a result, it sets off a hormonal cascade which further leads to a breakout like rosacea or acne. After a few days, you can expect a sugar binge to appear on your face. Rebecca Kazin suggests you to make changes in your diet if you notice that your skin is unruly, otherwise “you may be treating skin for other issues without getting to the bottom of what’s really going on.”
- You’re way moodier than usual.
According to many experts, reducing the intake of sugar causes blood sugar crash, and as a result it causes mood swings. Moreover, if your energy is also tanking, that just contributes to a bad attitude.
- You constantly crave sugary things.
As you probably already know, the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you will crave. According to Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., author of The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great and Look Years Younger, more cravings equal consuming more sugar which becomes viscious and addictive cycle. Sugar is just like drug, at first it gives you high which is followed by a crash. In other words, you cause a hormonal respone in your body that is similar to wave, it brings you up and then you crash down, thus triggering your body to crave more sugar.
- Your brain tends to get foggy, especially after a meal.
Many experts claim that this is the most common symptom of low blood sugar levels. When you consume too much sugar, your blood sugar levels rise and fall very fast instead of gradually doing so. According to Brooke Alpert, the major risk for cognitive issues and impairment is poor blood sugar control.
- Nothing tastes as sweet as it used to.
Be careful when eating sugar since consuming too much of it can bombard your taste buds. Due to overintake of sugar, your taste bud sugar tolerance goes up, and as a result, you need more and more sugar in order to satisfy that sweet craving. In order to lower your base levels, you should cut back on sugar intake, suffer through it in the beginning, and you will eventually lower your tolerance and be content with minimal sugar.
- You feel sluggish throughout the day.
According to Brooke Alpert, the energy is most stable when your blood sugar is stable. On the other hand, when you are consuming too much sugar, the highs and lows of your blood sugar lead to highs and lows of energy. Moreover, when you intake too much sugar, you are not hungry so you don’t consume enough protein and fiber which are extremely important nutrients for sustained energy.
- You’ve been putting on some weight.
It is a well known fact that excess sugar means excess calories, because sugar doesn’t contain protein or fiber, it doesn’t fill you up so you just continue eating it. Moreover, sugar releases insulin which plays an important role in weight gain. For instance, when we consume a lot of sugar, the pancreas releases insulin that carries sugar to our organs in order to be used for energy. Your body produces more insulin when it is loaded with sugar and as a result it leads to insulin resistance. According to experts, insulin resistance means our bodies can’t respond to normal amounts of insulin properly and which is why it can’t use sugar properly.
- You’ve been getting more cavities.
Tooth decay is caused when the bacteria chow down on food particles in between the teeth produces acid. As you already know, our saliva maintains a healthy balance of bacteria on its own, but on the other hand, eating too much sugar can impact the pH and throw off the natural ecosystem. As a result, bacteria can thrive and multiply, leading to cavities.