News flash: We’re all dipped in honey and rolled in sprinkles. The average person shovels in 300 calories from added sugar every day, according to a recent report from the University of North Carolina. Roughly 20% of Americans exceed 700 calories of added sugar on a daily basis. That’s an entire cup of sugar. Whoa.
“Not only are we getting added sugar from obvious places like cakes, candy, and soda, but it’s also coming from healthier-sounding packaged products like salad dressing, pasta sauce, and yogurt,” says Elyse Powell, one of the report’s coauthors and a doctoral researcher at UNC. But assuming you’re like the average American, you can expect to a few things to happen once you wrestle your sugar habit back into its cage according to Mike Kamo over at nutritionsecrets.com.
7 Amazing Things that Happen When you Quit Sugar
Yes, sugar is delicious and tempting and even comforting. But it’s also deadly for your health, your waistline, and your mind.
Not only does it cause the obvious problems like tooth decay, but sugar is also linked to impaired brain function, depression and anxiety, cancer and heart disease.
Despite all these obvious ill effects, many Americans are still consuming up to five times the amount of sugar that’s recommended by the American Heart Association. This means women are eating up to 30 teaspoons of sugar per day, while men eat up to 45 teaspoons!
That’s pretty gross when you think about it.
Of course, they’re probably not sitting down eating spoon after spoon of white sugar, but in today’s society, hidden sugar is lurking everywhere. In fact, it’s found in 75% of packaged foods purchased in the United States.
Why not find out how much hidden sugar you’re consuming every day? See these everyday foods that are terrible for your health, and also this list of 15 foods that have dangerous amounts of the sweet stuff.
It might just shock you.
And it’s not just those with a sweet tooth that are at risk of overdoing it on the sugar. If you’re filling up on bread, pasta, chips and fries, it means you’re simply consuming sugar in another form. Starchy foods are broken down by the body into simple sugars and cause all the same problems that candy does, particularly when over eaten.
The bottom line is, sugar is not your friend so banish it from your diet. Sure, it will mean reading labels, forsaking some of your favorite treats and even making meals from scratch.
But when you read on and discover these seven amazing things that happen when you quit sugar, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s totally worth it.
1. Slow Down The Aging Process
Did you know that sugar ages you?
In a process known as glycation, sugar attaches to the collagen in our skin and other parts of the body. This causes inflammation and reduces the effectiveness of both collagen and elastin, the proteins in our skin that help it stay youthful. When these don’t work so well, your skin no longer looks supple and youthful. Instead it begins to look dull, dry and…old!
2. Watch The Pounds Melt Away
How great would it be if you could just make one small change, and see the pounds melt away, particularly around the belly and love handles area?
Well, you can! Simply ditch the sugar and you’ll be effortlessly trim in no time.
3. Stop Being A Slave To Sugar Cravings
sugar cravingsAre you left craving something sweet just an hour or two after treating yourself to a muffin or candy bar? Given that sugar is thought to be just as addictive as cocaine, it’s not really surprising.
4. Sleep Like A Baby
Blood sugar issues are said to be the second leading cause of insomnia, affecting one third of Americans.
By ditching sugar and refined carbs, especially before bed, you’ll avoid a rise in blood sugar levels that keeps you up all night.
5. Reduced Risk Of Illness
It’s believed that conditions like asthma, allergies, heart disease and even cancer are actually caused by chronic inflammation in the body. While a certain level inflammation is normal, when it is triggered unnecessarily, or gets out of control, then we have a problem.
What causes the brain to misread the signals, and trigger an inflammatory response even when no threat exists? A poor diet, rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates, is one of the main culprits.
6. No More Energy Slumps
When you hit the 3 pm slump, do you reach for a can of soda or an extra sweet latte?
Sure, they give you a quick energy boost, but if you think about it, don’t they almost as quickly drain that energy, leaving you exhausted, irritable, and craving another pick-me-up?
7. Feel As Good As You Look
You might think that a tub of Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked will put you in a good mood, but actually the exact opposite might be true.
A British psychiatric researcher conducted an analysis of the relationship between diet and mental health and concluded that there is a strong link between high sugar consumption and the risk of depression and schizophrenia.