Too much Sugar is bad for us and we all know this, yet majority of us still eat it- sometimes in large amounts - on a daily basis or even more than once a day.
However if you knew exactly what areas of the body sugar affects and which organs it harms, would it change your unhealthy ways?
Sugar can have a myriad of effects on the brain. According to researchers, excessive sugar consumption can exacerbate depression and anxiety by causing energy spikes followed by crashes.
It also messes with the neurotransmitters that help regulate our mood and could contribute towards dementia in later life.
The online tool for Benenden reveals what else happens to the body when you overindulge on sugary snacks and drinks. And to be honest I am a culprit when it comes to craving sugary drinks :-(
According to researchers, the sweet substance can also play havoc with vital organs in our bodies such as the kidneys, digestive system and genitals.
In women, high blood sugar levels have been thought to contribute to recurring bouts of yeast infections such as thrush.
In men, it can be responsible for erectile dysfunction and lack of sex drive. So it is very important for both men & women to watch the amount of sugar intake we consume.
Meanwhile in children, sugar can affect the heart, bones and immune system. And, of course, it contributes to obesity.
Currently, the recommended daily sugar intake for adults is 30 grams per day, however many people are consuming almost double this amount - the current average daily intake is 58.8 grams.
The below food swaps can cut your sugar intake if you consume them:-
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Low sugar market alternatives- Are you keen to slash your consumption of the white stuff? You'd be making a wise move. Study after study has linked high-sugar diets with obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancers, and we all know what those tiny sweet crystals do to our teeth.
In fact, earlier this year a committee of influential scientists advised the government to halve the recommended daily intake of sugar to no more than 5% of total calories consumed – about seven teaspoons – and experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have also urged us to dump the lumps and limit daily sugar intake to less than 10% of total calories consumed, ideally 5% or less for “additional health benefits”.
If only it were that easy. From ready meals to snacks, high levels of sugar lurk in all sorts of supermarket food and drink, Check out some of the below for savvy swaps.