25 Ways to Stop Eating Sugar

Keeping tabs on your sugar intake is an important part of a healthy, long life

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A new World Health Organization guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of sugar to less than 10 percent of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5 percent – or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day – would provide additional health benefits.

The body can handle, as in metabolize, six teaspoons of added sugar per day. The problem is that people consume a lot more than that.

Most Americans devour over three times what they should be, with teens and men munching on the largest amounts. On average, people in the U.S. eat about 20 teaspoons of sugar a day, data show. The result is chaos, stress and overload for the body that can lead to both physical and mental illnesses. Cognitive impairment, especially dementia, is a possible result, according to research.

You are actually getting addicted when you consume a ton of sugar. It is a substance that releases opioids and dopamine. So eating a lot of refined processed sugars leads to the production of the brain's natural opioids, which is key in the process of getting addicted to anything. The brain eventually reacts as if you were giving it morphine, as research has shown.

Keeping tabs on how much sugar your body is processing is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. The empty calories from added sugars in desserts, drinks and candy can lead to weight gain and spikes in blood glucose levels.

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