the dirt on sugar
I know you’re all thinking, “Yes, we know sugar is bad for you, we’ve heard it all before.” With all the negative impacts sugar has on our health, our brains, our moods, our behaviour, and ultimately on how efficiently we stave off disease, it’s time we give you the real dirt on sugar.
When sugar enters the body
In the brain, sugar registers the same as a drug would. It comes with cravings and withdrawal symptoms when you don’t feed it, and when you do, feel good hormones serotonin and dopamine are released. This leads to further cravings, and before you know it, you’re stuck in an unhealthy sugar addiction.
The rest of our body uses glucose (blood sugar) to fuel many parts of the body. Therefore, a healthy intake of glucose is vital to bodily function processes. When the correct amount enters the bloodstream, Insulin releases it into our cells to either break down as energy, or be stored for later use in keeping our blood sugar levels balanced in between meals.
But what happens when we continuously take in excess sugar?
Remember Insulin? The hormone that regulates your blood sugar levels – it stops listening. Cue – insulin spike and this happens every time you eat sugar, ultimately leading to Diabetes.
Other potential negative outcomes
- Tooth decay – sugar strips calcium from your bones and teeth
- Obesity – unused fat stores from excess glucose
- Heart disease
- Increase in bad cholesterol
- Alzheimer’s – long term inflammation is linked to neurodegenerative disease
- Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease – from poor liver health over time
Symptoms and outcomes of excessive sugar in the blood stream
What goes up must come down, right? Therefore, high blood sugar leads to low blood sugar.
- Confusion and brain fog – too much sugar leads to a lack of focus
- Fatigue – the lows leave your body feeling extremely tired
- Weakness – lack of energy with no glucose in your cells
- Anxiety – mood disorders, irritability, even depression
Sugar is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!
Your favourite snack or burger sauce might not say “sugar” on the nutrition label. But watch out, because companies know every trick in the book. If the label mentions fructose or sucralose, you can be sure you’re taking in sugar, and not the good kind that your body needs, it’s the kind that negatively impacts your bodily functions, mood and weight.
You already have all you need in your pantry to make the healthiest and tastiest sauces! Take a peek now, do you see Olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar and spices? Then you’re just a recipe away from a guilt-free dressing that tastes great too!
Combine the following, whisk and chill: