Sugar is naturally found in all foods that have carbs, such as dairy, grain, vegetables and fruits. Eating whole foods that contain naturally occurring sugar is not hazardous to health. In addition to sugar, plant-based foods are also high in essential minerals, antioxidants, and fiber; and dairy food are a good source of calcium and protein. Since these foods are broken down slowly by your digestive system, the sugar in them provides a steady supply of energy.
A high intake of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains may also reduce the risk of diseases such as heart diseases and diabetes. However, excess consumption of added sugar can have a negative impact on your health. Some sources of added sugar include soft drinks, cereals, flavored yogurt, fruit drinks, cakes, cookies, candies, and other processed foods. Even items such as bread, soups, and ketchup contain sugar. As a result, we often end up consuming more sugar than we should and this may lead to obesity, diabetes, and other health issues. Here are some signs that you need to reduce your intake of sugar:
1- Unstable Energy Levels
If you experience changing energy levels and mood, it could be because you are eating more empty calories than wholesome foods such as lean protein, whole grains, dairy, vegetables, and fruits. Try having a protein-rich breakfast instead of reaching for sugar-laden foods such as cereal, croissant, and muffins.
2- You Are Breaking Out
Excess consumption is also bad for your skin. Several studies have shown a connection between the severity of acne and a high-sugar diet. Try snacking on fruits when you crave something sweet.
Excess consumption of sugar slows down your metabolic system and increases water retention. This often results in bloating.
4- You Look Old For Your Age
The sugar in your bloodstream binds itself to lipids or proteins to form molecules known as ‘advanced glycation end products’ or AGEs. These molecules are one of the culprits behind premature aging. AGEs may damage skin proteins and they can also be responsible for the breakdown of elastin and collagen. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles.
5- You Are Always Parched
When there is too much sugar in your bloodstream for your kidneys to deal with, it is urinated. This makes you urinate more than usual and as a result, you feel dehydrated and thirsty. This becomes a vicious cycle.
6- You Don’t Sleep Well
Excess consumption of sugar can also lead to hormonal balance and impact your sleeping patterns. High intake of sugar throughout the day may make it difficult to fall asleep at night.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, consult your doctor about testing your blood sugar levels. You can find and book an appointment with top dietitians in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad through oladoc.com. You can also call our helpline at 042-3890-0939 for assistance to find the RIGHT Doctor for your health concerns.