7 signs you’re eating too much sugar

7 signs you’re eating too much sugar

Signs that you’re consuming too much sugar

Excessive sugar consumption is one of the habits that, over time, can significantly affect your health. However, first of all, it’s important to clarify that when we talk about sugar, we’re referring to refined sugar and not a natural sugar, (which is found in fruit, for example).

The latter is also known as “intrinsic sugar” and, as stated by the World Health Organization (WHO), there’s no evidence that it’s harmful to our health. In fact, this type of sugar is actually necessary for our diet.

On the other hand, the so-called “free” sugars can be harmful to health in large quantities. Therefore, today we’d like to present 7 signs that warn you that you’re consuming too much sugar.

1. Constant hunger

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According to a study published in the magazine Hospital Nutrition, sugar produces a greater feeling of satiety than carbohydrates.

However, this satiety is short-term. Therefore, it’s very likely that soon after you feel hungry again and go back to snacking. This, coupled with lack of exercise and poor diet, can lead to you becoming overweight or obese.

So if you feel hungry all the time despite eating, it may be because you are consuming too much sugar and no real nutrients.

2. Feeling tired because you’re consuming too much sugar
It is true that, in general, glucose drinks are usually provided precisely to provide energy and prevent tiredness and fatigue. In fact, many sports drinks contain sugars.

However, the long-term consequences of too much sugar are less clear. In fact, an experiment conducted by researchers at Cardiff Metropolitan University showed that individuals who reduced their intake of refined sugars improved their fatigue levels and overall mood.

Although the study itself opened the door to further research on the subject, it’s very interesting and enlightening. So, if you constantly feel tired for no apparent reason, it may be because your diet is too rich in artificial sugar.

3. Weak teeth
We’re sure your mother always told you when you were little that if you ate too much candy, your teeth would fall out.

Well, she was right.

Research shows that too much sugar combined with poor dental hygiene weakens your enamel.

How does this happen?

Well, first of all, you should know that your mouth is full of bacteria, some good and some bad. What sugar does is it serves as food for harmful bacteria that end up eroding your enamel and weakening your teeth.

This, if left unchecked, can lead to constant cavities or teeth that break easily when you eat something hard, for example.

4. Aging skin: Another sign that you’re consuming too much
According to a study published in the journal Clinics in Dermatology, aging skin may be another sign that you’re consuming too much sugar.

This is because it creates molecules known as AGES (advanced glycation end products), which damage the skin’s collagen and elastin. As a result, your skin ages faster.

5. Joint pain

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Although this is a rarer symptom, excessive consumption of this sweet ingredient may even lead to joint pain. In fact, some researchassociates excessive intake of carbonated beverages (high in sugars) with an increased likelihood of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.

This is again due to the AGES molecules we’ve been talking about. These cause inflammation, which can degenerate into long-term joint pain.

6. Weight gain
You probably won’t be surprised to read this one, but if you’re consuming too much sugar, you’re very likely to gain weight, especially if you don’t exercise.

In fact, we’ve already seen that it creates a temporary feeling of fullness, which leads you to eat more and therefore put on weight. We’ve also told you that it is related to overweight and obesity.

7. Concentration problems
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The effects of the accumulation of sugar in the blood are also perceived in cognitive abilities and the ability to concentrate.

When you consume too much sugar, it’s common that you to need more and more. This can lead to your brain not functioning properly when your blood sugar level drops because it needs it to provide energy to work.

So, there may be periods when you suddenly feel like your mind is foggy and you’re unable to concentrate. In fact, several studiesassociate excessive sugar consumption with certain cognitive.

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