These seven symptoms could be signs that you’re eating too much of it and it might be time to reduce your sugar intake.
While sugar arrives in your bloodstream quickly and gives you an energy boost, you shouldn’t necessarily be using Sweets & Co. to wake up like that. After the infamous sugar high, comes the perhaps more infamous sugar low, which makes you even more tired than before. So at work, you’d do better to replace the chocolate bar with an apple, which provides the sugar together with enough fiber to slow the sugar digestion down and put it to better use.
More energy long-term, and of course better for the figure!
2. Difficulty concentrating
If you have a hard time concentrating after a meal and your brain feels a little foggy, it could be that there was too much sugar in your meal. Extreme ups and downs in our blood sugar level can lead to cognitive impairment and even depression.
3. Sugar addiction
Does sugar not taste sweet enough anymore? Then you might be suffering from sugar addiction. Long-term, elevated sugar consumption also raises your palate’s glucose tolerance level. So over time you need more and more sugar to satisfy your craving.
It’s not for nothing that scientists have started calling sugar an addictive drug!
4. Weight gain
Your favorite jeans don’t fit anymore and you’re feeling increasingly worse about your body? It could be that the sugar in your diet is causing weight gain. It contains a lot of calories — and they’re the opposite of good calories. Sugar only sates your hunger momentarily and actually in a way that leaves you hungrier afterward.
So for instance, when people consume processed foods, they often get hungry much sooner than when they eat more natural, home-cooked, sugar-free foods. And of course, they end up eating more overall as a result.
5. The munchies
When you eat a lot of sugar, it’s normal to get the munchies more often. It’s part of sugar’s addictive quality: It’s stronger than cocaine! You can read about it in this study by the Icahn School of Medicine at the University of Michigan, but watch out — you won’t want to eat those chips or cookies afterward.
6. More colds and flu
If you find yourself getting colds or the flu more often, it could be related to your sugar intake. Too much sugar weakens your immune system, making you more susceptible to sickness. (Cocaine aside, this alone is a good enough reason to reduce your sugar intake — constant colds are the worst.)
7. Skin problems
Too much sugar, like other poisons, is hard for our bodies to process. Our skin is often the organ of last resort, the place our body sends toxins to get rid of them — though it’s not the most efficient way. Our skin then struggles with acne, eczema, or rosacea, or gets much too oily or too dry.