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    15 Reasons To Quit Sugar

    Sugar tastes good and, especially to those who consume it regularly, is extremely tempting. But there’s nothing sweet about the effects it has on your health. Sugar has been linked to a whole slew of health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, tooth decay, accelerated aging, and more. This is bad news, given that the average person consumes hundreds of extra calories each day from added sugars. It’s true that banishing sugar from your diet means doing without some of your favourite treats, scrutinizing food labels, and cooking more of your own food – but the payoff in improved health and vitality is well worth it. Check out these 15 great reasons to ditch sugar immediately.

    1.It’s addictive

    Have you ever eaten a chocolate bar or a muffin, only to find yourself craving something sweet an hour or two later? Many people believe that sugar addiction is an emotional disorder, but, in fact, it’s a biological disorder driven by neurotransmitters that make you crave sugar. When you consume sugar, your body releases serotonin and beta-endorphin, both of which elevate mood and lower anxiety. It should come as no surprise that you’ll crave this lift again and again – and this is the foundation of any addiction. It’s a vicious cycle, but the good news is that when you stop eating sugar, the cravings will stop after a while.

    2.It makes it difficult to control your weight

    Sugar makes weight loss (and even maintenance) difficult in a couple of different ways. For starters, it encourages you to eat more because of the addiction cycle mentioned previously. But this isn’t the only way sugar causes weight gain. Excess sugar consumption forces the pancreas to produce more insulin than normal, the result being that other hormones, such as those which regulate weight and metabolism, are neglected. An imbalance in these systems can cause mood swings and fatigue, both risk factors for overeating. The body also produces cortisol when stressed, and over time, cortisol encourages the creation of excess belly fat. As you can see, there’s more to the sugar-weight link than just too many empty calories.

    3.It may increase cancer risk

    Studies may not conclude that sugar directly causes cancer, but what the research does say definitively is that sugar indirectly causes cancer by promoting obesity, a well-known cancer risk factor. It’s important to note that the body can’t tell the difference between white sugar, brown sugar, and honey as regards body weight or insulin response – all of these forms of sugar provide lots of calories with little nutritional value. Foods high in sugar, such as desserts, sweetened cereals, and fizzy drinks clearly contribute to obesity and, by extension, to cancer risk. 4.It’s bad for your heart

    When most people think of heart health, they think of managing their intake of salts and fats. However, sugar may be just as bad for your heart. Diets that are high in sugar have been linked to an increased heart disease risk. Too much sugar can cause elevations in blood triglycerides and reductions in “good” HDL cholesterol. The World Health Organisation recommends that individuals drastically lower their sugar intake to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

    5.It’s a leading cause of diabetes

    It’s impossible to avoid sugar altogether because foods such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy products contain certain amounts of naturally-occurring sugar. These natural sugars, such as fructose and lactose, are essential components of any well-balanced diet. But the typical diet contains far too much sugar thanks to packaged items such as cereal, fizzy drinks, and snack foods. And when you consume sugar in excessive amounts, the result is weight gain, heart disease, mood swings, and, yes, type 2 diabetes. All types of added sweeteners cause blood-sugar spikes and contribute to weight gain – and both of these events contribute to decreased insulin sensitivity (insulin resistance) and diabetes.

    6.It harms your liver

    In the digestive tract, sugar is broken down into two substances: glucose and fructose. Glucose is necessary for life; if you don’t get it from food, your body will produce it. Fructose is another story. Your body doesn’t produce it, and there’s no biological need for it. Fructose is potentially problematic because the liver can only metabolize it in certain amounts. If the liver becomes overloaded, it is forced to turn the fructose into fat. And fatty liver is a serious problem with all sorts of health ramifications. If you’re inactive and eat too much sugar, the liver suffers even more (since exercise helps the liver process sugar). One important note is that this does not apply to the naturally-occurring fructose found in fruit. It’s almost impossible to ingest too much fructose by eating fruit.

    7.It’s bad for your teeth

    Remember your parents telling you that sweets were bad for your teeth? They were right! When you eat /drink sweets or drink fizzy drinks or juices, the sugar combines with the bacteria that are naturally always present in your mouth. This combination produces acid that damages the teeth. Fizzy drinks are particularly bad because it not only contains lots of sugar, but it also contains citric and phosphoric acid. When it comes to your teeth, less sugar is always better.

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    Jul 2015
    Thanks for share this tips with us I've cut out sugar for almost a month .

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    Thanks for sharing all this to us..

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    Sweets are my guilty pleasure, but this is an interesting read. Thanks for sharing. I've always find it hard to let go of sugar!

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    Dec 2016
    I used to have three sugars in my T, and loved all the sweet things, fizzy pop and the like. I now dont have sugar in my Tea and never drink pop, reduced my sugar intake lots, have lost over a stone and feeling loads better in my self, would defo recommend

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