2. Frequent colds and flu
Eating or drinking too much sugar blocks the immune system cells from attacking bacteria when you get sick. The vitamin C that your body needs to fight flu is very similar in its chemical structure to glucose. Instead of looking for and working with vitamin C, your immune system takes glucose that has zero power against flu bacteria. Therefore, instead of fighting a disease your immune system suffers from it.
To prevent such a scenario, cut down on sweets when you’re at risk of getting a cold or flu and eat more fruits and vegetables that are rich in nutrients and vitamins C and E, as well as beta-carotene and zinc.
1. Feeling bloated
Bloating and painful gas, as well as other digestive discomforts, can be caused by different foods. And eating too much sugar is one of them! Because bloating is directly connected to what you eat and try to digest, sugar plays a big role in it. If sugars are badly absorbed in the small intestine, they’ll enter the large intestine where sugar usually acts like a gas-producing bacteria.
Too much sugar can wreak havoc in your belly, so try to avoid eating sweeteners, diet coke, and snack bars. It’s interesting to note that sugar-free foods are replete with sugar alcohols that contain sweet-tasting indigestible compounds.
How much sugar is too much?
According to the World Health Organization, the recommended dose of sugar should be in less than 10% of your daily energy intake. This daily 10% equates to 7 tsp of added sugar. Sugar is inarguably tasty and we all love it, but eating too much of it can have too many detrimental consequences. In fact, just 4 g of carbohydrates = 1 tsp of sugar in your body. Watch out for the signs discussed above and try to cut down your daily intake of sugar. Find sugar in natural products like fruits, vegetables, nuts, or cereal.
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