5 Reasons Why You Should Start Cutting on Your Sugar Intake

A jar full of brown sugar cubes kept on a wooden table with a cup and saucer in the background.

If you are a health-conscious person, you would have come across numerous articles claiming the ill-effects of sugar or how you should cut on your sugar intake. This dispute is not new. The excessive quantity of sugar found in packaged food forced the governments of countries like the US and the UK to impose sugar tax, where the buyer would have to pay an extra amount to purchase the sugary drinks. For example, if coke zero in the UK is for Rs 100, regular coke would be for Rs 120. This is because regular coke has a lot of added sugar, whereas, coke zero does not. While these countries have taken a step towards making the citizens conscious of their sugar intake, India still lags behind.

Let us discuss some of the most common ill-effects of consuming sugar.

Ageing

While the internet is full of people taking the face-app challenge, high sugar consumption can actually lead to early wrinkles and sagging of your skin. Once the sugar reaches the bloodstream, it attaches itself to protein molecules. These then cause the skin to lose elasticity and leads to premature ageing.

Replaces Important Nutrients

Research suggests that people who consume high quantities of sugar have the “lowest intakes of essential nutrients, especially vitamins A, C, B-12, and calcium.” This is especially harmful to children and teenagers, who simultaneously consume the most sugar and need the most nutrients.

Increases Craving

Contrary to what you might believe, sugar contributes to cravings rather than subduing them. If you ever crave for a chocolate brownie, do not give in because that would lead to the vicious cycle of false hunger. It can also lead to mood swings and even hyperactivity known as, “sugar rush”.

Puts Your Health at Risk

It is not hidden that high sugar consumption puts your body to a greater risk of diabetes, obesity, and even heart diseases. Recent research has also found correlations between high sugar consumption and various forms of cancer. Sugar also leads to infections as bacteria and yeast feed on sugar. Thus, it becomes all the more important to check the labels and ensure that you are not consuming high-glycemic diets.

A bar of dark chocolate kept on a wooden surface.

Increases Stress

Big ice-cream tubs and chocolate bars have become our go-to buddies during heart-breaks, PMS or any other stressful event. It is alarming how much sugar you might be consuming thinking it would reduce stress. However, the effect is totally opposite. While you may feel blissful for a little while, it is very likely that you would experience anxiousness, irritability, and even shakiness once the sugar actually reaches your bloodstream.

 

While these are the most common ill-effects of sugar consumption, these are not the only ones. Sugar has also been associated with low cognition in kids. Although strict in cutting fats from our diets, we often neglect the perils associated with sugar. Taste often overtakes and health is put on the back burner. It is high time you understand the importance of cutting down on your sugar intake and take a step towards a healthier lifestyle. Provee spreads have 80% lesser sugar compared to the leading brands. Hence, switching to Provee would ensure you get a great taste with great health.

 


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