“No one can exert cognitive inhibition, willpower, over a biochemical drive that goes on every minute, of every day, of every year.” – Dr. Robert H. Lustig
Sugar provides both health benefits and negative consequences. It supplies an important source of energy that is easy for the body to metabolize and use. However, if you consume large amounts of sugar, you can increase your risk of obesity and the complications it can cause such as diabetes and heart disease. The effects of sugar are a result of how the body digests and uses it.
Sugar is digested quicker than fats or proteins and provides a vital source of energy, which explains why the body tries to store excess dietary intake.
It can effect on blood glucose levels. If your blood sugar levels spike, it can cause increased thirst and nausea. Likewise, if your blood sugar spikes, you may experience headaches or dizziness. It can also trigger your appetite, which can lead to overeating and can set the stage for weight gain.
A study was conducted using 12 men between 18 and 35 years old to test the addictiveness of sugar. Read this;
They took 12 overweight or obese men between the ages of 18 and 35 and gave each a low sugar or low glycemic index (37 percent) milkshake, and then, four hours later, they measured the activity of the brain region that controls addiction known as nucleus accumbens. They also measured blood sugar and hunger.
Then, days later, they had them back for another milkshake. But this time they switched the milkshakes. They were designed to taste exactly the same and be exactly the same in every way except in how much and how quickly it spiked blood sugar. The second milkshake was designed to be high in sugar with a high glycemic index (84 percent). The shakes had exactly the same amount of calories, protein, fat and carbohydrate. Think of it as a trick milkshake. The participants didn’t know which milkshake they were getting, and their mouth couldn’t tell the difference, but their brains could.
Each participant received a brain scan and blood tests for glucose and insulin after each version of the milkshake. They were their own control group. Without exception, they all had the same response. The high sugar or glycemic index milkshake caused a spike in blood sugar and insulin and an increase in reported hunger and cravings four hours after the shake. Remember — exactly the same calories, sweetness, texture and macronutrient content.
Here are the findings :
- Our body responds quite differently to different calories, even if the protein, fat and carbs and the taste) are exactly the same.
- That foods that bring out a raise blood sugar are biologically addictive.
Sugar has a huge impact on the digestive system, which is where the majority of our immune system is housed. Over consuming sugar can feed the infections such as candida (yeast), and result in bloating, gas, and other unpleasant digestive effects.
Beware of just how much sugar you are consuming on a daily basis. ALWAYS check the nutrition label to see how many grams of sugar are in the products you are buying. And remember to check out the serving size. The label may say 5 grams of sugar, but if the amount of servings is 10, that’s 50 grams (and who really sticks to one serving?).
Ask questions, read labels, look up nutrition facts online. The health risks of sugar are many and you really don’t want to be mindlessly consuming it.
There are signs that show that you may be addicted to sugar or perhaps processed foods. They are :
- You consume certain foods even if you are not hungry because of craving.
- You worry about cutting down on certain foods.
- You feel sluggish or fatigued from overeating.
- You have health or social problems (affecting school or work) because of food issues and yet keep eating the way you do despite negative consequences.
- You need more and more of the foods you crave to experience any pleasure or reduce negative emotions.
You probably didn’t know this until now or you have noticed but couldn’t explain why it was happening to you.
The good thing is that you now know but the big question is what are you going to do about it?
Make changes. Yes make changes by taking time to know what you are about to consume.
But in the event that you have swallowed them already, don’t fret or give up.
That’s why I am here to lead you on that path of recovery as your Coach
A Coach won’t just teach you what you need to know or just show you what to do but would stand by you till you can stand alone.