Have you ever wondered the role of sugar in our lives? Do humans need sugar at all? Are we on sugar addiction? How does our brain react to the presence of sugar? How and Why we started adding sugar to our food? How did adding fruits for sweetness changed into added white powder starting in morning to ending the day with desserts – became natural for us?
Our Body needs natural sugar to produce energy. Sugar is a very essential source of food energy. When consumed all food breaks down into single-molecule sugar. The sugar is absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream and travel to the cells, where it is used to produce energy for cellular functions. All the sugar that our body needs is available in natural form. Mother nature has all fruits, vegetables, milk and many naturally occurring produces that contains sugar. The natural sugar in fruits, some veggies, and milk is perfectly healthy for consumption. The form of artificial sugar we started adding to our food is the most empty source of energy. It does provide energy but at a cost. There are no health benefits in consuming white sugar. It lacks nutrients, vitamins, fibers and amino acids. The white powder that we consume feeds bacteria like Candida and promotes bad bacteria growth in our systems resulting in imbalance and causing several health issues.
The effect of sugar consumption on our Brain is shocking. Our brain easily gets addicted to sugar. The chemical changes that a brain feels in presence of sugar energy is no different than drug consumption. The main reason for humans feels sugar addiction is that our brains get easily hooked on to sugar and it becomes impossible to break this chain. Our mood depends on sugar intake. Mild cases of low blood sugar can cause you to feel nervous or anxious, while more severe cases can lead to feeling irritable or tired, notes the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. Along with mood swings, low blood sugar levels can cause sleepiness, confusion, weakness, sweating, hunger and other symptoms. The role of sugar in our lives is big and impactful. There are other health issues associated with high sugar consumption.
Health issues like obesity and diabetes are directly linked to sugar consumption. Although it is not just because of sugar it is a result of combining eating sugar, fat, high carb diet and sedentary lifestyle. Sugar remains number one cause. Since sugar is addictive, it is hidden in most processed food. Sugar is everywhere. Unless you make a conscious effort to decode its various forms you will miss its presence in packaged food. There are so many forms of sugar that go unnoticed as these products are marketed as sugar-free. ” According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day – Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons) and Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).” An average man consumes way more than 6 tablespoons of recommended quantity. Now THINK – A 12-ounce can of regular Coke contains 39 grams of total sugar, which is about 9 1/3 teaspoons of sugar.On any given day we drink beverages like juice, smoothies (bottled & Packed contains high sugar), we eat bread ( it contains added sugar other than sugar produced by flour), we eat cookies, sweets, consume milk, yogurt (most store-bought box has added sugar), even food like ketchup, pasta sauces, chips, gummies, chocolate milk, we eat some of these and we load ourselves with high sugar. Unless we make food at home with minimum ingredients and consciously leave out sugar; we all eat a lot more sugar than we realize. The harsh reality, hard to digest the fact that sugar is hidden in our lifestyle and we are addicted to it.