Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sugar is sweet, and super bad for you. While sugar is found in a lot of foods (including many foods it shouldn't be in - like freezer peas), too much sugar can actually have a lot of negative effects.
While sugar can make you feel wired, it actually depletes your body of energy. After eating sugar, it takes about 30 minutes to go from zero to 60 to back down to zero again. And while you initially get some pep in your step, the crash at the end makes the whole thing not worth it.
Sugar can also make your organs fat by triggering your liver to store fat more efficiently. As a result, fat will end up building up around your liver, and will get stored in some pretty weird places. You can't blame your liver. It's just doing what it's told.
And if that wasn't bad enough, too much sugar consumption can lead to diabetes. According to a PLoS One study, every extra 150 calories of sugar you consume, diabetes prevalence rises by 1.1 percent. Not worth it!
So how do you know you're eating too much sugar? Well, there are a couple of very specific ways your body will let you know that it's had enough. It's not as simple as the words, "Hey, I think I'm eating too much sugar?" coming out of your mouth, but it's still pretty obvious.
Too much sugar consumption brings your blood sugar up, then brings it back down again. It's like an amusement park ride right inside your own body. As a result, your body will experience low blood sugar, and all that comes with it, including a foggy brain.
Sugar and cavities go together like cake and ice cream, which, come to think of it, have a lot of sugar in them. Bacteria in your mouth consume the sugar that you are consuming. They then produce an acid that triggers tooth decay. This leads to cavities, and also a bigger dentist bill!
Since sugar doesn't fill you up, you're more likely to consume more of it. But the more sugar you consume, the more excess calories you consume, and the more weight you're likely to gain. It's a vicious cycle and it can't be stopped, except for by (obviously) not eating as much sugar.
One sign that you're eating too much sugar is as plain as the zits on your face...because it is the zits on your face. The spike in insulin from consuming too much sugar can lead to break outs and inflammation in the skin. Nobody said that too much sugar would be pretty!
Do you feel slower than normal? It could be that the pep in your step is being kicked out from underneath you by your sugar consumption. Blood sugar stability is linked to energy stability, and when you throw your blood sugar all over the place by consuming too much sugar, your energy levels go all over the place, too.
Believe it or not, a sign of eating too much sugar is wanting to eat more sugar. It's an addictive drug that won't let go of you once it has you in its powdery claws. It'll pull you down and make you stay there.
One of the signs of eating too much sugar is a built up tolerance to sugar. Your taste buds get used to how much sugar you consume. Because of this, you end up needing to eat more sugar to get the same level of sweetness. There's no way to win!
However, by reducing your sugar intake, your body will readjust itself. Gradually, you will be satisfied with less sugar, and thus need to consume less to get the same "fix." You don't need to chase that high forever, and can get yourself off that addictive white powder.