Free yourself from sugar!

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Sugar detox – means the release of the body from sugar and the habit of using it is now one of the hottest global trends. Why is it worth getting away from eating sugar and how to do it?

 

Addiction to sugar – a myth or fact?

Spoiling, not only with sugar, can lead to behaviors characteristic of addicts, and even to specific changes in the brain – say the researchers. The impact of sugar involves, among other things, stimulating the body to produce serotonin and dopamine, which improve well-being. Heroin has a similar effect, but scientists are far from putting these two instances in a row.

Regardless of whether we use the name addiction, or bad habits or eating disorders – there are clear symptoms of sugar abuse. You can too often reach for sweets, get angry or be distracted when you do not eat your favorite cake. You can also have signs of reduced blood sugar, for example, muscle tremors, cold sweats.

 

The brain and sugar

Sugar nourishes every brain cell. However, its excess may interfere with the brain receptors that are responsible for the amount of food eaten. In a study in rats, it was reported that a high-sugar diet triggers brain changes similar to those of drug use. In sugar-addicted people, however, the changing brain’s activity on sweets was observed, and these changes are similar to changes in the brains of drug addicts, reaching for the substance from which they are addicted.

 

Sweet highs

When you eat something sweet, carbohydrates contained in food are quickly converted into glucose, which goes to the blood. Blood sugar is raised. All simple carbohydrates are absorbed very quickly, especially those processed, occurring in the form of concentrated syrups, sweet carbonated beverages, sweets, and table sugar. Simple sugars are also found in fruits, but the accompanying fiber (or protein) slows down their absorption.

 

Sweet drops

When the body records an increased level of sugar in the blood, the pancreas begins to secrete insulin, which lowers blood sugar levels. The more violent its growth, the more rapid its decline. In this situation, the feeling of hunger suddenly appears.

 

When starch acts like sugar

How do you satisfy your appetite for sugar? Eating sweets, maybe bagels or fries? Both French fries and bread contain complex carbohydrates, but they are also broken down into a simple sugar – glucose. When food rich in starch is eaten without the addition of more nutritious products, the starch contained in white flour, white rice or potatoes affects the body almost in the same way as ordinary sugar. Thus, starch processed white bread, pretzels, crackers, white pasta acts on the body like sugar.

 

When do you eat too much sugar?

The average man in a highly-developed country eats up to 19 teaspoons of sugar a day! It’s almost 300 kcal and much too much. Experts say that a safe dose of sugar is 6 teaspoons per day (100 kcal) for women and 9 teaspoons (150 kcal) for men.

Posted on: November 6, 2018

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