There’s a chance if you have ever set fitness or weight loss goals that you’ve been hit with this roadblock: sugar. It’s even more likely that you are eating too much of it. The American Heart Association recommends women have no more than 25 grams or 6 teaspoons of sugar each day.
So why is sugar on everyone’s bad list? Added sugar is fattening and contains zero nutrients for the body to turn into energy. The fructose and glycerin in sugar have been linked diabetes, heart disease, and obesity to name a few. A sugar-free diet can have some great effects on your immune system and your brain as well as your eating habits.
You’ll have more energy
Research shows that high sugar diets can lead to delays in brain functions such as thinking, memory, and learning. Even though glucose is necessary source for the brain and found in sugar, too much of it can be a bad thing. Too much sugar may cause anxiety when blood levels rise. When Eve took her family off of sugar, the first thing she noticed was how eating less sugar had an effect on how they all felt mentally.
After continuing my research, I was convinced removing sugar would make us all healthier. What I didn’t expect was how not eating sugar would make me feel better in a very real and tangible way.” – Eve O. Schaub, Everyday Health
Added sugars in foods can decrease orexin cells, which are the primary resource inducing metabolism and wakefulness.
You’ll have clearer skin
Anytime a food doesn’t digest well, it will show in your skin. Sugar creates an imbalance in your body that causes inflammation, dehydration, and wrinkles. Glycation is when the sugar in your bloodstream links to your proteins to make advanced glycation end products. This damages the fibers collagen and elastin, which keep skin firm.
You’ll break your sweets addiction
Dopamine is the brain’s neurotransmitter that let’s you know you’re feeling good, and it’s released when the body absorbs sugar. However, too much can shut down those sensors, activating an addictive signal. You’ll find once you begin eating less sugar, your body will go through a withdrawal state and you’ll begin to crave sweets. Don’t worry – give up sugar completely and your taste palate will adjust to your new eating habit.