Everyone knows that too much sugar is bad for you. We know it can cause obesity, high blood pressure and tooth decay.
But what else is too much sugar doing to our bodies and how serious can it get?
One of the main illnesses people associate with sugar is diabetes. But how much do you really know about the link between sugar and this disease? Let’s take a look.
Different types of diabetes.
There are two types of diabetes - type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar, despite what some people may think.
In fact, it’s not caused by anything lifestyle-related at all. It’s the result of the immune system destroying the cells that produce insulin.
Type 2 diabetes however is more complicated. While sugar doesn’t actually directly cause it, you are at a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
if you are overweight, and eating too much sugar which can of course make you overweight. However, research also shows that certain sugar sweetened drinks have been known to enhance the risk of type 2 diabetes as well, and according to diabetes.org.uk, this is not necessarily linked to their effect on body weight.
How can you reduce the risk?
The best way to cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes is to try and cut down on the amount of sugar you include in your diet.
However, a life without any sugar at all would be difficult to maintain, and so including a little sugary treat now and then will probably not do any harm.
But there are lots of things you can do to decrease your intake of the white stuff little by little, which won’t leave you feeling like you’re missing out but will have a massive impact on your health overall.
How to cut down on sugar.
● Eat whole fruit and veg rather than juices or smoothies. If you do have juice, have no more than 150ml per day.
● Choose drinks that say ‘no added sugar’ or go for water with a piece of fruit or mint leaf in it instead.
● Cook from scratch. Many jars, packets and pastes contain way too much sugar (and salt!) and so it’s much healthier to make your own and control exactly what you put in it.
● Use artificial sweeteners instead of sugar.
● Look for healthier alternatives to sugary chocolate bars and snacks such as natural yoghurt with honey or a small bowl of unsalted nuts.
Check out SORSO’s range of sugar-free products!
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● Low in calories
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