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This article was originally submitted by Usman Rauf
Sugar is widely consumed and must be bought grocery Item in our wish list when we visit marts for grocery shopping. As a consumer, we have developed a taste; so deep for it, that it’s almost impossible to think of our lives without this substance. Let’s dig up 5 reasons why you should avoid sugar and what are the available alternates?
1. It Makes You Fat
Yes! High consumption of sugar in any form is found to be a major cause of obesity. About 2.8 million Adults alone die of being overweight each year. There was no such rate of obesity in our forefathers. Why? Because they had no easy access to refined carbs such as sugar and its byproducts like we have. “You don’t want to look fat? Avoid sugar. Simple”
2. It Gives You Diabetes
Eating doughnuts, ice creams and a pack of those sweet dark Oreo biscuits while watching Netflix sounds fun, no. Unfortunately, our body might pay a huge price for this treat. Sugar is broken into glucose by the body, which is used for the energy we require and all the excess we consume of it is stored as fat in the body.
“In 2016, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.6 million deaths” Diabetes is the byproduct of obesity, it might be genetic in some cases, however with the right precautions and the right diet it can be avoided.
3. It Causes Acne!
According to many studies, diet plays a major role in contributing acne in teens as well as adults. Some people are more prone to get acne from sugar than others, However, when consumed in excess pimples are inevitable before your next event you are looking up to. In most cases, a diet high in sugar leads to more oily skin, which closes the skin pores and leaves no space to let the dead skin cells escape, which eventually turns into ugly breakouts.
4. You Might Lose Those White Set Of Teeth Earlier
Many living bacteria are dwelling in the mouth already which crave something sweet and when it’s provided, it gives the perfect environment for the bacteria to grow and produce more acid and cause plaque and tooth decay ultimately. 15%-20% of the middle-aged men (35-44) face tooth decay so severe that it leads to tooth amputation.
5. If You Don’t Quit Now, You Might Never Do It!
If we believe the researchers, sugar is 8 times more addictive than the banned drugs we are not supposed to take. With the repeated doses daily the brain relies upon its craving and gets uncomfortable when it’s not available. “Now we know why many people fail at dieting”
If It’s So Bad What Are My Options?
1. Plant-Based Natural Sweetener
Stevia is a natural sweetener, and plant-based sugar substitute available in the market which unlike sugar does not spike the blood sugar level and is easily digested if consumed in moderation.
2. Dark Chocolate
Not all chocolate is evil. There are many alternates available for chocolate lovers in different varieties made with natural sweeteners which goes easy on the body keeps things in balance.
In A Nutshell
Good or bad, genetics can’t hold the reaction of a diet high in sugar for very long. Some people develop heart diseases as early as in their mid-20s, and some notice the condition in their late 60s. But what is so shocking here is that how something not so important has turned so necessary in our daily lives that you don’t even see it constantly KILLING US.