Sugar tastes great, let’s face it.It is evolutionarily ingrained in us to find pleasure in sweet-tasting things, and sugar is the most available source of sweetness.
We love it so much because it triggers the identification of a high energy nutritional source.
Sweet tasting foods denote a good source of easy to metabolize energy.
This is why fruit is sweet. Its nature’s way of helping fruits reproduce by offering good energy in return.
The problem with modern humans and our relationship with sugar and carbs, is we’ve stripped them of their natural integrity, leaving pure, isolated sugar, refined as heck and calorically too dense.
In this form, sugar has become more of a poison than a source of sustenance.
Excess amounts of sugar in this form are all too common now, and with the elimination of natural plant fiber, such as one gets when consuming fruits, the uptake of sugar can stress the metabolism and create a whole host of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and morbid obesity.
Sugar is commonly found in sweet treats such as candy, pastries and other forms of confectionery, but did you know that over 90% of all processed food contains added sugar, even if its flavor profile is the furthest thing from sweet.
Did you also know that 77% of the food purchased by the average American shopper is sugar-containing processed food?
So, sure, cut out the candy, dump the doughnuts, but you might still be downing way past your recommended 6 teaspoons a day.
In this article, we’re going to help you identify signs and symptoms of excess sugar intake just in case you don’t even realize.
4 Common Signs You May Be Eating Too Much Sugar
Unexpected Weight Gain
Of course, one of the known effects of excess sugar consumption is unexpected weight gain.
Unexpected because you wouldn’t know that you are in fact consuming excess sugar.
If you’re eating cake and doughnuts all day, then the title would be “Expected Weight Gain”.
Anyways, when your body is exposed to too much sugar over an extended period, you will begin to store more body fat.
That’s because insulin causes your fat cells to suck up the blood lipids and convert all energy into stored fat.
Insulin, as you probably know, is triggered by glucose in the blood.
When too much glucose is present too often you begin to store fat at a higher rate than normal.
Chronic fatigue is a common occurrence when it comes to excess sugar consumption.
This happens because the sugar intake leads to drastic spikes in insulin response.
When insulin is released in this manner, it gets to work fast, and just as soon as you feel the energy rush, you crash hard and are left with a crippling sense of fatigue and lethargy.
This also triggers a renewed craving for more sugar.
Once this craving is satisfied, the vicious cycle ensues.
Dental and Oral Health Problems
From early childhood, many of us learned, and with good reason, that sugar causes tooth decay.
Well, it’s not the sugar per se, but rather the bacteria in our mouth that metabolize it.
When sugar is metabolized by certain oral bacteria, one of the byproducts is lactic acid. This acid erodes tooth enamel, leaving your teeth vulnerable to infection.
Tooth decay is a sure sign that your sugar consumption is beyond healthy.
Chronic High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a sign of excess sugar consumption for several reasons.
Firstly, insulin resistance leads to poor fluid and electrical balance. That’s because aside from glucose and lipids, insulin also stimulates the uptake of other nutrients.
One of these is magnesium.
Magnesium is one of the mineral salts and is essential in maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Another way high blood pressure could be an indication of excess sugar consumption is because the fructose component of sugar tends to lead to an increase in blood lipids.
This can have an impact on cholesterol balance, tipping the scales in favor of more LDL cholesterol.
This form of cholesterol is known to accumulate and cause build-ups of arterial plaque, leading to chronic hypertension and other direr cardiovascular issues.
Excess sugar consumption is a major problem, not so much because we’re all hooked and constantly craving it, but more so because sugar is everywhere and often in a hidden form.
Use these signs and symptoms to identify potential excess consumption, but remember to seek professional medical advice to go along with it.
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