5 Signs That You’re Eating Too Much Sugar

5 Signs That You’re Eating Too Much Sugar

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5 Signs That You’re Eating Too Much Sugar


Sugar is irresistible, especially food like pastries that contains this sweet crystalline carbohydrate in a high amount. We sometimes find ourselves reminiscing about the sweet taste of our favorite desserts when we feel hungry. But unseen, this sugar consumption is causing various levels of damages to our system within our body.

We are just beginning to understand the extent of the damage that can be done by a diet too high in sugar. Sure, your mom probably told you that eating candy rots your teeth, and it’s common knowledge that too many sweets will pack on the pounds. But it doesn’t stop there. There are many health risks associated with excessive sugar, and most of us eat too much sugar almost without realizing it. We are about to give you a rundown of the greatest dangers – be prepared for a shock.


Sugar and refined carbohydrates are considered 'empty calories', mainly because they don't contain any useful nutrients. Some foods high in sugar are heavily processed, and the sweet stuff is added to make them more palatable and desirable. It's these foods that are not always easy to spot the sugar in, and often those that are marketed as 'healthy', or low in fat which can be the worst offenders. In some cases, ready meals could contain up to 12 teaspoons of sugar per portion, a can of cola houses six and a bowl of dry Bran Flakes has three. To help ascertain if you're eating too much sugar, leading nutritional therapist, Natalie Lamb from high-fibre supplement Lepicol Lighter told us the tell-tale signs to watch out for.


Here are signs you are eating too much sugar!


5 - Muscle and joint pain


Does your body feel like it has been missing out on a few days of exercises or regular activities like walking or golfing? Like you have made little to no movement in the past days because your muscles and joints feel sore and stiff. This may be your body system warning you about the inflammatory processes in your muscles and joints. Studies have shown that eating a diet rich in processed sugar increases the amount of toxin, advanced glycation end-product (AGE), which causes the immune cells to secrete cytokines pro-inflammatory substances, to break down these AGEs.


4 - You're way moodier than usual



The blood sugar crash that happens when you're coming off a sugar high can cause mood swings and leave you feeling crabby. Not to mention, if your energy is also tanking, that just contributes to a bad attitude.

3 - Craving sweets and other sugary foods





Unlike food rich in protein, sugar is highly digestible, that is why even after devouring a muffin less than an hour ago, you still feel super hungry. Sugar releases opioids and dopamine, which provides the same feeling as some addictive street drugs. Dopamine serves a vital role in the formulation of addictive behaviors. This neurotransmitter is released into the body system whenever a rewarding event such as eating sugar is initiated. Excess release of dopamine is responsible for giving us that feeling of pleasurable “high” that we sometimes want nothing more than re-experiencing it.Sugar not only function as a fuel for every brain cell, but the brain also sees it as a reward, and eating more will only reinforce this idea, causing the body to crave it – the beginning of sugar addiction. Besides, added sugar – the sugar found in sweets and baked goods – is Hardy Fillinges as it contadins no useful nutrients.

2 - Nothing tastes as sweet as it used to

Eating too much sugar basically bombards your taste buds," Alpert says. "This sugar overkill causes your taste bud sugar tolerance to go up, so you need more and more sugar to satisfy that sweet craving." When your taste buds need lots of sugar to feel like something is sweet enough, it can be tough to lower your base level. However, it you cut back and suffer through it in the beginning, you'll eventually lower your tolerance again and be content with minimal sugar. You might even start to feel like things are too sweet for you and—gasp!—be happier consuming sugar in moderation

1 - You always feel thirsty



Dry mouth and intense thirst are symptoms of dehydration or severe fluid loss. When you eat excess sugar. Your body moves water out of cells and into your bloodstream to equalize the blood sugar concentration. This water movement out of the cells increases the body’s need for water, making you reach for something to drink