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These 5 Health Benefits Should Convince You To Give Up Sugar (Apart From Just Losing Weight)

posted on 7/5/2016 Facebook Facebook

Believe us when we say this but sugar is hogging up much of the spotlight these days as number one health enemy and is far more loathed than even fat and cholesterol together. According to a study which surfaced last year, the white granules were found to be as addictive as cocaine, more dangerous than nicotine and, more harmful than alcohol (Of course when done in excess).

In its natural state, sugar is rather harmless and occurs naturally in healthy fruits and vegetables. It is in fact indispensable for our bodies to function. However, this goodness becomes a menace when we consume it in excess quantities. 

Are You Sure You’re Not Eating Too Much Sugar?
One may argue that they are of course not sitting down gulping several spoonfuls of sugar; however what they fail to understand is that sugar may be lurking in the most unexpected places. Yes, it’s true! From processed foods like chips, fries, and breads which you so often crave for to ketchup, sauces, and your so-called diet yogurt, sugar is everywhere. Surprised? Well, don’t be, because it is not uncommon for sugar to be added to these products, to not only improve their flavor, texture, and color but also add to their shelf life. According to the American Heart Association no more than half of your daily calorific intake should come from added sugars, which works to about six tsp or 100 calories for women and close to nine tsp or 150 calories for men. However, CDC has some shocking news—the average person eats between 13 to 20 tsp of added sugar on a daily basis. 

So, if you are still equating your sugar consumption by the spoonful, then we recommend you do a reality check. The empty calories present in sugar are not just making your waistline grow but also messing up your metabolism, conflicting with your heart, brain, and immune system. The bottom line is, while it is essential; one can do without the copious amounts of sugar that we stack on. This definitely means being more mindful about your food choices, it also calls for reading labels more closely in order to keep out the white devil. 

These Are 5 Benefits You Will Reap From Giving Up Sugar
It will inarguably be very difficult to stick up with your decision to quit sugar, but believe us, once you get past the initial few weeks and start observing the benefits yourself, it’ll all seem worth it. If we haven’t been able to convince you yet on breaking up with your sweet ties, the benefits of it go well beyond just slimming down. Here are five such advantages you can look out for:

1.Watch The Pounds Melt Away: We cannot start without this benefit. One simple change and you’ll be able to see that pooch go away within no time. Sugar conflicts with the function of insulin and leptin—hormones which are involved in the control of your sugar levels, appetite and metabolism respectively. This not only results in insulin resistance (which can lead to diabetes) but also lead to weight gain, particularly around the middle. Quit on that sugar in your tea, coffee, soda, desserts and prevent diabetes, high cholesterol levels and heart problems. 

2.Rev Up Your Immune System: Sugar has long been associated as a precursor of inflammation in the body. The immune system not only has to fight the inflammation but also other infections and illnesses since sugar is believed to interfere with the production of phagocytes (a type of white blood cell). Also, according to popular belief, major chronic illnesses like asthma, heart disease, diabetes, allergies and even cancer are actually a result of inflammation. So, once you’re off sugar you will not only cut down the risk of several illnesses but also lend a helping hand to your immune system in doing so.

3.Get Smarter & Improve Your Brain Health: Till date you might be aware that sugar eats away your teeth enamel, but what’s even scarier is that this white evil can eat your brain power too. Several studies have been able to highlight the love-hate relationship that sugar has with your brain. While it does give it the required euphoria it can actually compromise on your mental abilities like memory, concentration, and learning.

4.Sleep Like A Baby: Extreme spikes in the blood sugar which often follows a sugar rush, can hamper your sleep, says a recent research. By ditching sugar, you can help your body regulate your insulin levels which will in turn work synergistically with other hormones and improve sleep, energy, and your brain function.

5.Get Smooth & Radiant Skin: Let go off that sugar craze and turn back time for real. Sugar is known to hamper the function of collagen and elastin—the two proteins which keep your skin moist and supple. Cutting down on sugar can slow down the aging process and keep you looking younger and radiant for a long time.

How You Can Work Out A Healthy Balance
Quitting sugar is much less about a spoonful in coffee and much more about realizing its prevalence throughout our modern diet. When “quitting sugar,” it’s important not to condemn the sweet stuff. We should be open to small, regular portions of things like genuine maple syrup, and dates when the tooth is tickling. Getting off processed foods — the bulk of the sugary stuff — is the major step, and after that, it’s fairly easy.

However, the cravings will hit you hard. But, believe us, they are manageable. Choices with moderate, natural sweetness, such as sweet potatoes or carrots, will cut off cravings before they start. Eat the fruit instead of that Jolly Rancher. 

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