How Overconsumption of Sugar Affects Your Body
- Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
- Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
- Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract, including an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
- Sugar can cause food allergies.
- Sugar contributes to obesity.
Stop Sugar Cravings:
1. Cut out or lower sugar intake
cutting out sugar or drastically lowering your sugar intake is one of the best ways to stop craving it. Sugar is like a drug and it’s addictive qualities have been compared to cocaine
Cutting it out of your diet for just 3 weeks can make a huge difference in stopping the addictive cycle.
2. Balanced Meals with Healthy Protein & Fats
It’s important to build balanced meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner instead of snacking all day. Leaving the opportunity for snacking open just gives you more chances to reach for a sweet treat.
3. Don’t be fooled by “health food” marketing. Cut out sources of concentrated sugar.
Products like smoothies, juice and protein bars are constantly marketed as “health food”, but contain a lot of sugar that can affect blood sugar levels.
Even though “protein bars” have a lot of protein, they are usually very processed, have a lot of sugar and are designed for serious athletes who burn a lot of calories and need concentrated sources of fuel by way of carbs, calories and sugar. Unless you’re a marathon runner, professional athlete or a serious crossfit enthusiast, you probably don’t need these kinds of “meal replacement” foods
Both smoothies and juices are extremely concentrated sources of sugar, which can affect blood sugar and cause a sugar rush just like one you would experience by eating a candy bar or a piece of cake.