Sugar-free diet

Sugar-free diet

Column: Thoughts by Armenio Manuel

Last time we were talking about the country’s sugar industry which contributes not less than P70 billion to our economy which had been battered by the unforgiving coronavirus global health emergency.

Today, we will go through some tips on what health experts and nutritionists say in the event when bad things come to worse, and worse comes to shove, we get rid of sugar in our diet.

For instance, experts say:

A person who stops eating sugar can be more mentally sharp and can have high mental productivity, and improved cognition.

Once you do, you’ll find how much more focused and clear your mind becomes. Brain health is sabotaged when you’re addicted to sugar, and then act on your addiction.

A 2014 study published in Nutritional Neuroscience explains how a high-fructose diet causes hippocampal insulin resistance while also exacerbating memory deficits.

Another study published in Molecular Neurobiology found a link between sugar consumption and negative changes in the brain’s frontal cortex – changes associated with additional cognitive problems.

If you want to stay sharp and on top of things, especially as you age, stop eating sugar. Your mind will reward you in spades, according to experts.

Doctors also say one of the primary causes of type 2 diabetes is eating large amounts of sugar. This means we have some amount of control over our diabetes risk. The majority of us can prevent this fatal disease if we make the bold choice to stop sugar intake.

According to these doctors, sugar increases our risk of becoming diabetic because high blood sugar levels are a large part of the diabetes equation. Eating a lot of sugar spikes blood sugar levels.

Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause insulin resistance, which wreaks havoc on your liver, your pancreas, and other organs. While many factors contribute to diabetes, sugar is one of the key culprits.

Nutritionists also say it’s obvious that you’re eating more empty calories every time you eat sugar-laden food, and of course, this contributes to weight gain.

But more powerful mechanisms are at play when we talk about sugar, weight gain, and obesity. Sugar consumption wreaks havoc with the hormones responsible for maintaining a healthy weight as well as those that support healthy weight loss.

Sugar also impacts the part of your brain that controls appetite. Eating a diet high in sugar makes your brain think it’s still hungry when in reality, there’s no need to keep eating.

What’s more, sugar also causes changes in the brain, making it addicted to sugar, and craving more and more sugar the more you eat. It’s a highly vicious cycle, these nutritionists claim.

While everyone’s weight loss journey is different, no matter who you are – when you stop eating sugar, losing weight is much easier.

There are also those who suggest that eating your favorite cake or ice cream may make you feel better in the short term, but in the long run, your mental health can take a beating.

And their question can be quite frightening.

Did you know that overeating sugar is linked to depression? The underlying chronic inflammation that happens when we eat a high-sugar diet negatively impacts our brain function – one of the reasons we get blue with too many sweets.

A 2015 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that women who ate sugary foods with a high glycemic index increased their risk for depression.

Another study published in 2017 in the journal Scientific Reports found that men who consumed more than 67 grams of sugar every day increased their risk for depression when compared to men who ate less than 40 grams each day.

At the same time, experts claim a high-sugar diet has been linked to skin conditions like acne, pimples, rashes, and blemishes.

A study published in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigative Dermatology shows how much more prone you are to have acne and other skin conditions when you feed your body too many sugar-laden foods.

Feeding your skin a sugar-free diet — one that’s full of nutrient-dense whole foods and plenty of clean water will make your skin glow with youthful vigor.

How about that?

(ai/mtvn)

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