Along with sodium, sugar is one of the most common additives that we are having way too much of without even realizing it. Combine that with the fact that people in the United States consume more sugar than any other country in the world, and you can see how it’s a big problem.
The actual statistic is that the average American is consuming 17 teaspoons of added sugar daily; the World Health Organization recommends no more than 12.5 per day.
In order for you to take control of your sugar intake levels, Corning Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has a look at four warning signs your body might be telling you that you’re taking in too much sugar.
- You’re Hungry All the Time but Still Gaining Weight
Your body burns through sugar much quicker than healthy fats, fiber, and protein, all of which leave you feeling full longer. In fact, a sugary snack can leave you feeling hungrier than you were before you ate it, leaving your body full of empty calories.
- You’re Especially Moody
High-sugar diets can lead to blood sugar spikes, leading to crashes afterward that leave you tired and cranky. Longer-term issues of a high-sugar diet can include trouble with learning and lead to symptoms of depression.
- Breakouts Around Your Mouth and Chin
While milk products can also bring on acne in adults, a diet rich in high-sugar foods can do the same. The insulin resistance that a sugary diet can cause increases the level of a hormone that can lead to acne appearing around the mouth and chin. It can also bring on premature wrinkles too as a more long-term side effect.
- Digestive System Issues
A diet high in sugar, especially sugars like high fructose corn syrup found in several sodas and fruit drinks, can kill good bacteria in your gut and allow bad bacteria to run amok. You can reverse this process by eating more vegetables and foods that are high in fiber, such as raspberries and fiber-fortified bran cereal.
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