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We may already know that sugar affects our health. Yet, we are probably still overdoing it.

We, on average, consume about 20 teaspoons of added sugars per day. As per research, six and nine teaspoons of sugar have been recommended for women and men respectively.

Sugary drinks, candy, baked goods, and sweetened dairy are the sources of added sugar.

As mentioned in Ayurveda and other ancient medicine, sugar from natural food items are essential for our nutrition.

Synthetic sugars are unhealthy for our bodies. They are empty calories with no nutritional value. Also, they are addictive and rob your body of energy and health.

Many experiments are conducted to date, proving ill effects of sugar on our body, such as:

  • The most affected organ because of overeating sugar is the Liver;
  • Sugar does not have any nutritional value, so anyone eating sugary products only gets calories with no nutritional benefits. The more sugar you eat, the more you’ll weigh;
  • Sugar affects insulin secretion, thus leading to obesity and diabetes;
  • Sugar is addictive, thus increase our cravings for sugar;
  • Bacteria that cause cavities love to eat sugar lingering in your mouth after you eat something sweet;
  • Eating lots of sweets has been shown to worsen joint pain because of the inflammation they cause in the body;
  • Another side effect of inflammation: It may make your skin age faster;
  • Excess sugar can affect your arteries, part of your body’s circulatory system;
  • It raises your cholesterol level, especially LDL, affecting your most important organ – The heart;
  • One common side effect of a chronically high sugar level in the bloodstream is that it affects your circulatory system.

We all work hard for a better life for our family and ourselves.

However, we miss out on a necessary factor for our happiness and a better life – Health. We need to understand the dos and don’ts for a healthy life and follow them.

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We all are born sweet, then why add more sweeteners that are artificial.

Amol Dixit (Dietitian and Wellness Coach)

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