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Right now, milennials are on pace for being the most obese generation of all time and one of the main culprits seems to sneaky forms of sugar creeping up in our diet. Right now, childhood obesity is three times as high as it’s ever been before, with one in every 5 kids in the US becoming a victim. Sugar is everywhere and in 80 percent of food! It’s in your fruit, it’s in your soft drinks. It can be added to meat, sugar and it’s even in your blood. But now it’s not just sugar we’re worried about, it’s evolved into what’s known as high fructose corn syrup which has been seriously linked to diabetes and weight gain. Should we really be consuming more sugar during our workouts in the form of gatorade?
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Although it might be extremely satisfying to scarf down a cinnabon at the time your eating it, consuming higher quantities of sugar may lead to depression and anxiety. During a recent study that lasted for a 5 year period with over 23000 people, it showed that men who consumed higher amounts of sugar were more often likely to mood disorders but more research on it is still needed. It still seems to make sense in any case and people will often reach for sugary foods in order to make them feel some sort of euphoria that only sugar seems to bring. But once the sugar rush is over, it will just make them more unhappy once they take a look at the mirror and step on the scale. It might get to the point where more and more sugar is needed to reach the same dopamine rush until you got diabetes and it’s too late.
6. Better Breath
While we all know that there are some healthy foods out there that might cause bad breath like garlic, fish and coffee, that bad breath is a little bit different. High sugar intake can result in a condition known as halitosis, and while healthy food that causes bad breath can brushed away, this kind of bad breath can’t. Just imagine how your breath smells after you eat a tuna sandwich and there’s not a single mint or brand of toothpaste out there that can help! Bacterias that cause halitosis are fueled by sugars; so the less sugar in your mouth the less likely they’ll be able to live there. One of the more serious causes of bad breath is diabetes and liver disease but on the flip note, ketogenic diets are also known to do the same thing, so of course some sugar from natural sources like fruits are still encouraged.
5. Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk
A scary link between alzheimer’s disease and sugar intake has been revealed recently and this could explain the surprising increase in the diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is expected to continue getting worse and even become an epidemic is asian countries in the future. So could there be a correlation with the increase of our sugar intake and this form of dementia. The study was concluded after a 10 year period and 5189 participants that high blood sugar was linked with cognitive decline, almost like sugar was not just rotting people’s teeth but their minds as well. So don’t say we didn’t warn you.
4. Better Sleep
Sugar can seriously wreck a good nights sleep and some of you might know this already but continue to eat large amounts of it. A lack of sleep is known to be correlated with high blood sugar and this was typically the case during sleep studies conducted by Boston University School of Medicine. If someone only got 6 hours or less sleep at night, it was common for their blood sugar to be high as opposed to those who got 8 hours or more sleep. Sleep is also necessary for proper weight loss and increased testosterone in men.
3. Lose Weight Quicker
Most of the time when you eat something it has calories but in addition to those calories you’re getting some nutritional value to even it out. Sugar on the other hand has a lot of calories but totally lacks any vitamins or any value whatsoever. Not only that but sugar can elevate your insulin and leptin resistance which are linked to weight gain. Food advertisements might tell you something is low in fat but in order to make up for that, they turn it choc full of sugar which will leave you less full. Things like high fructose corn syrup will also make you feel more hungry so by promoting the production of hunger hormones.Many people report weight loss after only a few weeks but cutting back on the sugar.
2. Immune System Improves
Not only can sugar decrease the amount of sleep you get which helps your immune system, it also can affect the way your body deals with infections. Too much sugar and carbs in general can force inflammation which keeps your body’s white blood cells busy with stuff they don’t need to focus on. Our white blood cells are responsible for fighting off bad bacteria that makes us sick. The biology that goes into it is fairly complicated but you should notice a boost in your immune system if you stop eating sugar.