As another Halloween approaches we must all have the internal debate of breaking the diet and snacking on the candy…it happens. But, as soon as the day ends…get rid of it – ASAP! I mean, give them away! Trade them at the dentist’s office for a toy, give it to the neighbors, donate it or throw it away – anything but eat yourself into a sugar coma. Sure, it may give you a temporary burst of energy (sugar high), but when it wears off…yikes! You will likely feel sluggish, it can lead to weight gain, stomach pain and a whole host of other problems. Sugar is NOT your friend, especially if you are on your journey toward better health and overall fitness.
Check out these sugar-related facts before you take one more bite of that chocolate bar:
- Fructose can make your organs fat – wait, what?! Did you even know that was a “thing”? It triggers your liver to store more fat around the outside of the organ, which, left unchecked over time, could lead to non-alcohol related fatty liver syndrome.
- Sugar can lead to diabetes – “A PLoS One study found that for every extra 150 calories from sugar available per person each day, diabetes prevalence rises by 1.1%”.
- Sugar can lead to heart disease and stroke – as a side effect of long term diabetes, excess sugar in your bloodstream leads to a hardening of the muscles around your blood vessels.
- The Journal of the American Medical Association released a study that found a link between sugar increasing the liver’s storage of fat AND a decrease in the body’s ability to get rid of it.
- Sugar can cause addiction – Just like a street drug, the more you have, the more you want.
- Sugar makes you ravenous – It messes with your ability to tell when you are hungry or full.
- Sugar highs make for huge sugar crashes – it takes less than 30 minutes for your body to crash after a quick burst of energy from sugar.
- Sugar can lead to depression – researchers have found a link between diets high in sugar content and depression.