By now most of us are aware about the dangers of eating too much sugar. From an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, the list is long and frightening, but can seemingly feel distant at the same time. Interestingly, it is sometimes the vain outcomes that really hammer home a message. Add wrinkles to that list and our ears suddenly perk up. Sugar causes wrinkles too?!
Yes, sugar contributes to wrinkles.
Sweet tooth or not, we all like having treats from time to time.
Obesity is on the rise, especially with children, but interestingly, it is men who are craving the most sugar! Men, please go easy on the sweets! Recent studies have shown that men between the ages of 20-39 are ingesting more added sugars than any other group. Most would assume that these added sugars are coming from eating out or from sodas, the research found that about two-thirds of the sweet stuff came from food (not drinks) and was eaten and prepared at home (not on-the-go). On average, guys eat 335 calories of added sugar a day, while women consume 239. The most recent dietary guidelines suggest no more than 8 tablespoons of added sugar per day (in a 2000 calorie diet), which is still quite a lot when you actually measure out 8 tablespoons of sugar. Remember, if sugar is the first or second ingredient listed in the ingredients list, the product is very high in sugar. Sugar may be disguised under these words: glucose, dextrose, fructose, maltose or sucrose. Honey, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, and maple syrup are all simple sugars as well.
Even though you may think you eat very healthy, some sugary foods can easily disguise themselves (i.e. salad dressing, pasta sauces, jams and other condiments such as ketchup). The first step is figuring out where added sugars are creeping in your meals and snacks so you can eliminate them and choose healthier options.
Cravings: We all get them. Sometimes we indulge in them, but did you know that cravings are often an indication that your blood sugar is off? When you eat too many high glycemic index foods, your blood sugar spikes and drops off which then triggers the over secretion of the hormone insulin.