Sugar was first used in Polynesia, it spread to India and onwards. The warnings against sugar are everywhere. What do we know about sugar? Well, we need to beware of it, or do we? Sugar is one of the most commonly used seasonings for thousands of years. It is no wonder as to why it’s one of the favorite seasonings considering its numerous applications. It is commonly used in cakes, pies, beverages, and countless other recipes.
Have you ever known someone who has an insatiable sweet tooth? That person can even be you. There’s a reason why they can’t get enough sugar. Research studies have shown that sugar can be as addictive as any other drug due to the dopamine release that occurs when you indulge in this savory seasoning.
How much is too much?
Your coworker has just brought in a box of your favorite donuts to work. You excitedly consume one and take in its pillow-like sweetness. Do you reach for another or stop at one? It can be hard to stop yourself when it comes to sweets, but health studies show that you can face major health issues if you overindulge. According to the heart organization: “Men should consume no more than 9 teaspoons (36 grams or 150 calories) of added sugar per day. For women, the number is lower: 6 teaspoons (25 grams or 100 calories) per day.”
There are roughly 11 grams of sugar per donut and 6 grams of sugar per cookie. If you are not cautious it can be easy to overindulge.
Dangers of excess sugar
Everything is good in moderation, including sugar. Consuming too much sugar can result in high blood pressure, inflammation, and obesity. It can increase your risk of heart disease. Too much sugar can lead to premature aging because it causes damage to skin proteins.