by Staff writer
According to the World Health Organization, the recommended daily intake of sugar for an adult of a normal body mass index (BMI) is about 6 teaspoons — or 25 grams — of sugar per day.
But the truth is, many of us eat way, way more than the recommended daily max!
Everyone’s body is different and we all each have different reactions to sugar intake, but, according to clinical nutritionist and detox specialist Autumn Bates, if you regularly get one or more of these symptoms, then it might have come time to cut your sugar intake:
1. Mood Swings
“A high-sugar diet can cause you to have severe mood swings,” said Bates. This is “due to the rise and fall in blood glucose levels – think ‘hangry’.”
Limiting your intake of sweets could potentially balance out your mood and lead to more positive feelings overall.
“[Ingesting] high levels of sugar has been linked to hormone imbalances,” said Bates.
“These imbalances can appear in a variety of ways, but one of the most common forms is acne.”
“Having a sudden spike, then drop in blood glucose levels (which happens with a high sugar diet) can trigger hypoglycemia,” said Bates.
“Common symptoms of hypoglycemia can include headaches or migraines. If you experience headaches often, you may be eating excessive amounts of sugar.”
4. Inability to Lose Weight
If you’re exercising constantly and eating pretty healthy but still not losing weight, it’s time to reassess your diet’s sugar levels.
“Having a constant stream of sugar given to your body makes it impossible for your body to utilize it’s own fat stores,” Bates said.
“It’s much easier for your body to use sugar as a source of energy when it’s available, so a high sugar diet will make it extremely difficult to tap into energy stored as fat.”
5. Hormone Imbalances
For women especially, a sugary diet could be linked with different hormonal issues – according to Bates, this is specifically true for women with PCOS, or polycysitc ovarian syndrome.
“The two main factors that have been traced back to PCOS are stress and excessive sugar intake.”
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