When it comes to ‘being healthy’ or ‘losing weight’, first thing that usually comes to our mind is to lash out fat from our diet. We look for ‘fat-free’ products and obviously cheese, oil, butter are off the counter. But is it really eating fat to be blamed?
Sugar consumption has significantly risen in the past decade. The intake of packaged foods goes hand in hand with the intake of added sugar. Many assume that added sugar is only present in sweeter foods but to burst that bubble, they’re present in abundance in savoury foods too. They increase the palatability of the food and trick you into wanting more which increases the junk quotient of our meals.
So let’s find out how cutting back on sugar can be good for you!
Better Mental Health
Sugar has been linked to addictive behaviour, the more sugar we consume, the more dopamine is released. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that directly affects the reward and pleasure centers in the brain, which in turn affects mood. A rise in dopamine offers a temporary uplift in mood and the quantity and frequency of sugar consumption has to be constantly increased to get the same effect in the long term making you crave for sugar constantly. Sugar also affects your insulin response and increase inflammation; which are contributors to a decline in mental health
Stabilized Energy Levels!
Sugar as we all know are simple carbohydrates, which means that they get absorbed quickly and give a spike and crash in the blood sugar levels. Many believe that eating sugar will give an energy boost but it’s rather responsible for fatigue and energy slump. Consuming sugar all day in various forms like sauces, instant foods, breakfast cereals, etc. can leave us with unsteady blood sugar levels and energy levels. Eating whole and natural foods will not only provide stable energy levels but also add on to a lot more nutrients in your meals.
Reduces your chances of Chronic Diseases
Research has shown that higher intake of added sugars in diet is linked to higher risk of chronic diseases like diabetes mellitus, fatty liver, dyslipidaemia and a few types of cancers. Individuals with high sugar intake have been found to have low HDL levels (good cholesterol) and high triglyceride levels which is a risk factor for heart diseases. Swap your soft drinks with coconut water, desserts with 2 small dates and sugary teas with herbal teas. These practical strategies will help you make a big difference in your health.
Lose that extra pound!
Reducing sugar means reducing calories in the diet which will help in dropping those extra pounds. You may argue that artificial sweeteners are lower in calories however, both are responsible in causing insulin spike resulting in higher deposition of fat. When we cut back on sugar we would be making healthier choices which are higher in fibre, protein, etc. which will help us in losing weight naturally
Say bye to Inflammation and Improve your Immunity and Skin!
‘We are what we eat’ and hence what you put inside your body has an immediate effect. Eating high glycaemic load and refine foods such as sugar increase the inflammation in the body which is linked to many skin conditions, low immunity and poor recovery. It also causes cross linking of collagen fibres which results in stiffening and loss of elasticity of skin. Reducing sugar will help in decelerating the signs of aging, boosting your immune function and achieving a clear and healthy skin.
Limiting sugar is one of the best things you could do for your health. Start gradually and be mindful of what you are putting in your system. You will witness the positive changes if you stay consistent.