“Too much sugar is not good for your body.” You definitely might have come across those words before, or heard it over and over again.You might be wondering why or whether your sugar consumption level is healthy. This article will help you know what sugar is, whether or not your sugar consumption is healthy, and why consuming a high amount of sugar is an unhealthy dietary habit.

WHAT SUGAR IS

 Carbohydrates can either be in the form of starch or sugar. Sugars are simple soluble carbohydrates that have a characteristic sweet taste. Various types of sugars can be gotten from different sources. Simple sugars are known as monosaccharide, and they include; glucose, fructose, galactose. The everyday table sugar is known as sucrose, which is a disaccharide. Sugars are naturally occurring in fruits, honey syrups, and many other foods.

Sugars are used in the food industry for numerous purposes such as; preservatives from some spoilage organisms, flavors, sweeteners, and as substrates in food processing. In our homes, we make use of granulated sugar to sweeten our tea, drink, or other foods, making the food more palatable to eat. Consuming sugars are, no doubt an excellent way to provide your body with an immediate source of energy, as they are easily accessible and absorbed by the body.

SUGAR, A RISK TO YOUR DIET

I personally love sweet things over bitter or sour, and I guess it would most likely be the same for you, and people around you. Well, you don’t have to worry about that, this is because the human tongue has taste buds that can detect about five(5) different tastes such as; sourness, bitterness, and sweetness.

A  bitter or sour taste naturally indicates a spoilt, rotten, inedible, or an unpalatable food, and it is only natural that as humans, we are more likely to prefer food with a sweet taste. This may be one of the many reasons why people tend to consume a lot of sugar and are always wanting to get more of it, posing a risk to your diet.

Why High Sugar Consumption Is A Risk To Your Diet

    1. Sugars Are High In Calories: Sugars contain a high amount of calories and can be a source of energy. They contain more than 97% calories with no other nutrient such as minerals, vitamins, or fiber. Consuming sugars especially added sugars would provide your body with a high amount of calories, thereby supplying the body with lots of energy. This is because the body can easily digest simple sugars and make use of them quickly. Unfortunately, the energy provided would soon be used up, leaving the body with no sufficient energy, which can lead to tiredness, fatigue, and dizziness. Sugars are therefore not a good source of lasting energy. High consumption of sugar can be a risk to your diet as they provide the body with no nutrient, reducing the quality of your diet.

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  1. Sugars can be addictive: It would interest you to know that the way your body will respond to cocaine is the same way it would to sugar. High consumption of sugar can lead to a behavioral addiction to sugar. People who are always tired, moody, or depressed, tend to find comfort in the taste or euphoria that comes with taking lots of sugar. Sugar often brings about the release of the hormones dopamine and serotonin that brings about a surge of energy and a feel-good feeling to the body. An addiction to sugar will reduce the quality of your diet.

IS YOUR SUGAR CONSUMPTION HEALTHY?

Over consumption of sugar is unhealthy dietary behavior. It is essential for you to know how much sugar you can take in a day. The American Heart Association (AHA) https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sugar/added-sugars recommends no more than six teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and nine teaspoons (38 grams) for men. The World Health Organization (WHO) https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/149782/9789241549028_eng.pdf strongly recommends that adults and children should reduce their sugar intake to less than 10% throughout life’s course. They also suggested a further reduction of taking free sugars to below 5% of total energy intake.

So, if you are fond of taking lots of sugars, then it is time to make your diet more serious by cutting down on your sugar intake. Remember, they offer you nothing but empty calories that will soon be used up. In my subsequent posts, I will be showing you how you can reduce your sugar intake and why sugar is dangerous for your health.

 

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