In 2014, an Australian documentary, That Sugar Film, captured worldwide attention because of its storyline.
The documentary explored Damon Gameau’s 2-months experiment on eating sugars found in perceived healthy foods. Damon continued taking 40 teaspoons of sugar daily. The effects were drastic and impacted his overall health. Consequently, the documentary showed how the signs vanished in thin air after Damon resumed eating pre-experiment.
That Sugar Film sparked interest and raised awareness of most Americans' way of living.
Americans eat around 17 teaspoons of sugar daily, about 270 calories. The AHA, on the other hand, recommends 6-10 teaspoons of sugar as a healthy dose for an average American.
When you exceed the limit, it gives way to deteriorating health. From skin to heart, liver, and overall body composition, everything starts going downhill.
Let’s see what those negative effects are.
Only a few people realize the harmful effects of sugar on skin. That’s mainly because the signs start appearing gradually until you finally register what happened.
A sugar overdose can lead to the following:
When Selena Gomez said, “The Heart Wants What It Wants,” she was definitely not talking about taking sugary diets to your heart’s content. 🍮🍨🎂🍩🍪
Pun asides, excess sugar can wear out the heart’s function like nothing else. As a result, you might suffer from raised blood pressure and increased chronic inflammation. Both lead to cardiovascular disease.
One of the most prominent signs of excessive sugar intake Damon started showing in That Sugar Film was fatty liver. Fatty liver is caused by a large amount of fructose present in sugar and processed in the liver. This amount can damage the liver when broken down into fat.
The liver might even get scarred after getting inflamed, further leading to loss of blood supply to the liver. In worst-case scenarios, this condition may transition to cirrhosis, needing a liver transplant as a last resort.
Your pancreas is the organ that regulates blood sugar levels. Diabetes occurs when the pancreas is no longer in a position to perform its normal function.
It happens when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin (the hormone that regulates sugar out or into the bloodstream) or when your cells become insulin resistant.
In addition, increased intake of sugar puts a negative strain on the liver due to fat accumulation.
The ‘high’ you get every time you eat sugary foods is understandable. But the trouble begins when you take more than your body needs.
Since sugar is not a necessary nutrient required in your diet, it starts adding up and causes weight gain.
There are other adverse effects of too much sugar, including:
With clinical research and studies negating the use of refined sugar in daily diet, it’s natural to search for options to curb your sweet tooth craving.
Simply put, consuming natural sugars has health benefits and doesn’t put your body at risk of diseases.
The alternatives to added sugar include:
Once you get used to sugar, it seems too challenging to cut back on it. And since more than 80% of processed food contains sugar, it may feel unlikely to reduce sugar intake.
Understandably, it’s not an easy task, but not impossible either.
For example, you can try these tried and tested cut-back tips on reducing sugar intake:
Taking sugar initiates a reward cycle in your brain by activating dopamine (the neurotransmitter responsible for driving happy memories and pleasurable goals). Therefore, you might be in the vice-like grip of your sugar addiction.
If that happens, you can try doing something that takes your mind off your craving. Go for a walk, listen to music, and go far away from where you usually keep sugary food.
You can also catch up on a friend or pass the time doing your favorite hobby – anything that makes the feeling pass.
The negative effects of sugar can’t be emphasized further. That’s why it’s crucial to align a balanced diet plan that paves the way for a healthy lifestyle.
As That Sugar Film concludes:
“Sugar is not evil, but life is so much better without it.”
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