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Low carb/low sugar diets are growing in popularity all the time and there are so many different ones to choose from. Some people have to follow a low-sugar diet for health reasons. For me personally I try and follow a reduced-sugar diet as I know I can’t cut out sweet treats completely (as I love them!), but at the same time I understand that sugar is not great for us, which is why I try and limit my sugar intake.
Firstly, if you are looking to cut down on your sugar and need some motivation, the following facts about what sugar can do to your body might help a bit!
Some reasons to give you motivation to cut down on your sugar
– Sugar can give you a quick energy boost, but it quickly wears off and then you are left feeling even more tired than before.
– If you don’t get a chance to exercise after eating the sugar to burn it off, your body will store it as fat and you will gain weight.
– There are numerous studies associating sugar intake with increased aging, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and even cancer.
– There is also growing evidence that sugar is actually addictive. Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California-San Francisco and author of the book Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, claims sugar is a “toxic” substance that we are becoming addicted to.
I know some people can cut out sugar completely, but if like me you would just that find too hard and are looking to reduce your sugar; here are some benefits that might motivate you even further to eat a little less sugar:
Some more reasons to help you cut down on your sugar intake
As explained above, if you don’t burn your sugar intake off it will turn to fat
Improved mental health
Research shows that a high-sugar diet can impair the body’s ability to cope with stress, which can make you more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety. Cutting down on your sugar can help improve your resilience to stress.
Better mood and more energy
When you eat something sugary your sugar levels spike rapidly, then fall shortly after – this sudden drop in sugar can make you feel weak, shaky, hungry and moody. If you cut your sugar intake you will make your energy levels more stable leaving you feeling overall much more bright and vital.
Sugar inflames the stomach, ferments in the gut and doesn’t digest efficiently, because it can’t be broken down into nutrients other than simple glucose. So cutting down can help improve your digestion.
A healthier heart
If you don’t burn sugar off it is converted into fatty acids that become triglycerides – a type of fat that circulates in your blood. High levels of this fat increase your risk of developing heart diseases and stroke, so reducing your sugar intake could help protect from these diseases later in life.
Sugar increases plaque build up on your teeth which eats away at the enamel encouraging cavities and gum disease. Cutting down on your sugar will certainly be helping your teeth out!
Blood sugar spikes and falls can lead dull-looking skin. Sugar sucks all the water out of your cells, dehydrating your skin and can lead to puffiness and under-eye circles. So if you want to have healthy younger looking skin – cutting back on the sugar will help!
These are just a few of the reasons why I created Crowns – so that I could still enjoy deliciously-tasting sweet treats, but knowing that I wasn’t eating too much sugar. Now I am delighted to be sharing them with you.