Unfortunately for all the sweet tooths out there, refined sugar is really hard for your body to break down and use efficiently. I’m looking at your chocolate, cake and doughnuts! By cutting sugary treats out of your diet you could see some amazing changes to your health. We’ve listed some of the best ones below.
Obesity rates in Australia are climbing faster than anywhere else in the world; a recent study in The Lancet revealed 63 per cent of us are overweight.
According to a study conducted by Obesity Research Journal with adolescents, when kids reduced their amount of sugar intake, their cholesterol levels dropped, blood pressure fell and although the kids were given the same amount of calories they’d been eating before the study, most still lost weight! In short, sugar is a large contributor to those kilos you just can’t get rid of.
Too much added sugar pumps up the production of cytokines in your body, which also rile up your nervous system and can make you feel fidgety and ‘amped up’.
By reducing your sugar intake, you’ll more likely to have a calm reaction to a stressful situation.
“Things that might have put you over the edge when you were eating a lot of sugar won’t have the same impact anymore,” says Roxanne Sukol, MD, doctor of preventive medicine and medical director of the Wellness Enterprise at Cleveland Clinic.
Wake Up Your Taste Buds
Refined sugar overwhelms your sweetness receptors, so naturally sweet eats like berries, melon and more, taste bland or even bitter. By cutting out refined sugars, your receptors recover and natural sugars like fruits will be significantly tastier than they were before.
Increase Your Energy
When you’re feeling a bit tired, resist the urge to eat something sugary to give you an energy hit. That quick rush you feel won’t be sustained for long and will eventually just leave you feeling drained.
When you replace high-sugar foods with ones that your body processes more slowly, you won’t get those blood sugar spikes and you’ll see an improvement in your energy levels.
Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins are all good options. You may also find that you’re able to concentrate better throughout the day.
Sources: onlinelibrary.wiley.com, abc.net.au, oprah.com