Why You Need to Curb Your Sugar Cravings?
Though sugar and high sugar foods like confectionery, bakery, colas and ice creams give us instant gratification, there is no reason you should be eating an unhealthy amount of it.
We have already discussed the causes of sugar cravings in an earlier post.
An interesting thing that I have observed is that most thin people think that they can continue to hog on high sugar foods even if they are not overweight or obese.
Although sugar intake is associated with weight gain, there is much more to it than merely weight gain. A thin person who is addicted to sugar can also cause considerable damage to his body if he does not know where to put his fork down.
Suggested reading: Are You Addicted to Sugar?
Here are the main reasons you should try to curb your sugar cravings, whether or not you are addicted to sugar:
Even if you are not ‘healthy’ (READ: obese), there is no reason you should swell to the size of a pumpkin and then begin to think of shedding those extra pounds. Being thin is all the more reason to want to stay in shape, whether for health reasons or for looking good. And all that sugar gives you is empty calories! It does not contain the calories a fresh fruit salad could give you!
Calories with little nutritional value.
Calories which will infact rob your body of its vitamins and other minerals in an attempt to assimilate this sugar, leaving you undernourished.
Associated with disorders of the Nervous System:
Recent research has linked excessive sugar intake with disorders of the nervous system like schizophrenia, anxiety and depression. High levels of blood sugar over a period of time can damage the blood vessels that transmit messages to and from the brain with the result that these nerves start taking too long to send these messages or send them at the wrong times or fail to send them altogether.
Ask any dentist to name the single deadliest enemy of healthy teeth. I can assure you the answer will be SUGAR!
A high sugar intake upsets the acid-alkaline balance in the body, and this condition needs minerals form within the body to rectify this imbalance. In an attempt to do so, the body draws out so much calcium from bones and teeth that osteoporosis and tooth decay can occur.
Sugar causes wearing away of the enamel of the teeth and increases the bacteria in the mouth. Interestingly enough, most toothpastes meant to ‘protect’ your teeth are also laden with sugar.
Makes you fat:
Excessive sugar intake eventually begins to affect every organ and system in our body. The excess sugar is stored in the liver in the form of glucose. Too much of glucose inside the liver over a period of time causes it to swell like a balloon. When the liver gets saturated with glucose and cannot accept any more, the excess sugar remains in the blood in the form of fats and fatty acids which are then transported to the inactive areas of the body and stored there- at the tummy, at the hips and thighs and on the breasts.
Causes organ damage:
People who are addicted to sugar and yield in to sugar cravings too often interfere with the functioning of the pancreas and thereby cause damage to the liver, kidneys and the heart. Too much of it also causes diabetes.
Interferes with the immune system:
The white blood cells of the body (which defend us from infections and diseases), become weaker as a result of prolonged use of excessive sugar. This adversely affects the immune system of the body.
Causes mood swings:
Too much sugar inside the blood interferes with the hormone levels of the body and also affects the mood receptors present in the brain. Excessive sugar in the blood creates artificial “highs” of energy level which feel like bottomless hollows once the sugar is digested. The energy level falls and so do the hormone levels, causing mood swings and leaving the affected person in a state of almost continuous fatigue.
Accelerates the process of aging:
High sugar foods damage collagen and elastin, both of which provide elasticity to the skin. A damage to them makes the skin dry, and lifeless causing it to develop premature wrinkles and sag before time, according to the findings of a study published by the British Journal of Dermatology.
On an average, an American consumes 20-25 sugars of added sugar every day.
This, my friends, means 2-3 pounds/ 1 kg of sugar every week!
And, mind you, this is not NATURALLY OCCURRING sugar which is found in milk, grains, fruits and vegetables.
According to the WHO, “no more than 10 percent of calories should come from added sweeteners; that is a maximum of 12 teaspoons of sugar for a 2,200-calorie diet“.
If you want to lead a healthy life without those extra pounds hanging on to you, try to cut down on your sugar intake, even if you are addicted to sugar. All you need to do is curb your sugar cravings and avoid those high sugar foods.