Why added sugar is bad for you

As part of Sugar-free September we talk about why too much sugar is bad for you!

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We have added sugars in most of our products. There are 42 sugars in our everyday diet, most of them we don’t need. And there always new ones on the rise.

What are they most added in?

  • Soft drinks
  • Cakes
  • Yogurts
  • Cereals
  • Some kinds of milk such as Big M and other flavored milk
  • Sauces
  • Biscuits
  • Lollies
  • Juices

What are the effects of having too much sugar?

Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and tooth decay if you eat too much for too long.

I used to have over 100 mg of sugar a day and that was pretty awful. I had gained a bit of weight and had some sleep and PMS problems.

Whilst we get that dopamine hit from eating sugar, in the long run, we just crash and burn.

Most of us lead sedentary lifestyles. Hence we don’t need all that much sugar.

It’s bad for the gut. It increases our risk for disease.

In the long run, it causes weight gain.

It can also cause sleep problems for some people.

It causes more PMS for the women as well as a side of vomiting every period.

So how do we get rid of the added sugars from our diet?

It’s not possible to get rid of all the sugar as fruit has natural sugar

  • Replace fizzy drinks with water or tea
  • When you’re out at a restaurant or market and you want to order a cake or a sweet snack, ask if they have any added sugar or ask for the ingredients list.
  • If you are at a restaurant or cafe, ask if you can put the sauce on the side. Most people will be obliged to do so
  • At home cook your meals without sauce if you can
  • Replace the sugary snacks with fruit, popcorn, cheese, vegetable sticks, eggs, etc
  • At a cafe go for the savory options as a snack.
  • Make your own sugar free cakes and snacks at home
  • Most protein bar companies now have hump day snacks which are sugar-free
  • Make your own juices at home.

What are some of your favorite no-sugar treats? Tell us here!

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