Who doesn’t love sugar? The sweet crystalline carbohydrate seems to be everywhere and in everything, but consuming too much of it can be detrimental to our health. Sugar-rich foods can be hard to avoid and some of the biggest culprits include:
- Soft drinks,
According to the American Heart Association, the maximum amount of added sugar one should be consuming daily is 150 calories (37.5 grams) per day for men and 100 calories (25 grams) per day for women (an amount that is easily surpassed by drinking one can of coke). Most people are surprised to learn the many physical ways in which excessive sugar intake can manifest itself. Did you know, for example, that feet inflammation can be one of the signs?
In an interview with Everyday Health, Sherri Green, a podiatrist from New York City, said that sugar (along with refined grains and trans fat) is one of the chemicals that encourages inflammation in the body, including your feet. So, knowing this, it’s best that you keep an eye out for those physical symptoms. Your body can be a great indicator that you’re consuming too much sugar. It will let you know through the following signs.
1. A constant craving for sugar. The more sugar you are consuming, the more you’ll crave, making the sweet stuff fairly addictive. Similar to a drug, sugar gives a temporary high that’s followed by a crash, which triggers the body to want more.
Not only does excessive sugar intake lead to cravings, your taste buds will adapt to the amount you’re consuming and will leave you needing more just to get the same taste.
2. Feeling sluggish. If you notice that you continually feel tired and lack energy, there’s a good chance it has to do with your sugar intake. Energy stability has a lot to do with blood sugar stability and consuming too much sugar will send you on a blood sugar roller coaster.
It’s important to maintain stable blood sugar levels as too much can not only result in weight gain but deplete you of your natural energy and focus.