Modern day diet habits bring to our table tons of unnecessary sugars. According to a recent study at the University of North Carolina, the average person stuffs their body with about 300 calories from added sugar day after day. Moreover, about 20% of the American population consume over 700 sugar calories daily. To put this in perspective, imagine eating a cup of sugar. Not a pretty sight, right? Even when you are not eating food which is obviously high in sugars, you introduce them to your body from other foods.
“Not only are we getting sugar from obvious places like cakes, candy, and soda, but it’s also coming from healthier-sounding packed products like salad dressing, pasta sauce, and yogurt,” says Elyse Powell, one of the coauthors of this study. In this context, “added sugar” covers the processed sweeteners added to cookies, not the natural sugars present in fruit, vegetables and milk.
The study goes on to conclude that most people should cat down their sugar intake. According to the American Heart Association women should not consume more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar daily. That amounts to approximately 25 grams, or 100 calories from added sugar.
Cutting back the sugar will result in changes in your body, which largely depends on how much sugar you used to consume before the cutback. People with high consumption can experience withdrawal symptoms, which include anxiety, restlessness, and depression.
Yet, if you have been an average sugar consumer, you can expect that one to several of these things can happen before completely kicking out your sugar habit.
1. Your Heart Work Will Improve
According to a research from James J. Di Nicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at St. Luke’s Mid-Atlantic Heart Institute in Kansas City, by cutting back on added sugar you cut down risk of heart diseases by three times. According to Di Nicolantonio “added sugar chronically raises insulin levels, which activates the sympathetic nervous system, increasing blood pressure and heart rate”. As a result “within a few weeks’ time, you might expect to see a 10% decrease in LDL cholesterol and a 20 to 30% decrease in triglycerides.” He also adds that your BP will improve.
2. You’ll Reduce the Acnes
Acne production can be triggered by systematic inflammation. Added sugar is highly inflammatory. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, consuming one 12-ounce can of soda daily for the period of three weeks can increase the inflammation levels in people who hadn’t consumed soda by 87%. Reducing the artificially sweetened foods will greatly eliminate skin problems.
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