How Eating Less Sugar can Change Your Life

Wednesday, 24 Nov 2010 02:02 PM

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According to experts, Americans consume 22 teaspoons of carbohydrates in sugar daily. A number of individuals are falling prey to heart diseases, diabetes, and other disorders. Scientists have agreed that increased intake of sugar increases the liver’s production of triglycerides and cholesterol, both of which increase the chance of suffering from various cardiac diseases.
 
One of the benefits of consuming less carbohydrates is that it can cut the risk of developing heart disease and other related diseases in half. Eliminating carbohydrates in the form of sugar from your diet is essential to lower the body fat percentage and to reduce diabetes.

Here are some additional benefits of eating less sugar:
 
1. Increase in energy levels and productivity: Avoiding intake of carbohydrates actually increases energy, allowing you to do more productive things. Although sugar is highly essential for the body, processed sugar is harmful to the body’s digestive system because it forces the body to spend most of its energy digesting it. The energy gained by eating sugar is short lived. Eating large amounts of sugar can cause our body to become used to it, which increases our insulin levels. This can be quite dangerous, as the body gets used to excess sugar and is not able to survive on lower levels of sugar. Excess sugar consumption can also lead to conditions such as diabetes.
 
2. Weight loss: Reducing your sugar intake generally leads to weight loss due to the decrease in overall calorie consumption. Since sugar is mostly carbohydrates, the decrease in carbohydrates can ensure that you burn off excess calories. However, to effectively burn calories, you need to do physical exercise.
 
3. Lowers risk of heart disease: Replacing the sugar in your diet with other alternatives can actually reduce the risk of heart disease by as much as 25%. It also lowers the triglyceride level by as much as 50% and increases the level of artery-clearing HDL cholesterol.
 
4. Prevents yeast infection: One of the most common types of yeast infections is Candida. This infection is common in people who are taking antibiotics. Candida feeds on sugar and carbohydrates. Reducing sugar intake decreases your risk of developing this infection.
 
5. Better Dental Care: The first sign of excess sugar intake, especially among children, is deteriorating dental hygiene. Increased intake of sugar causes a lot of problems, especially related to the teeth and gums, and may lead to easy infection by tartar.
 
Eating lesser sugar has benefited people in different ways and can be an important step towards leading a healthier life.

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