Written By: Chris Partrat
When you’re sipping that sweet persuasion, do you ever think about what it is that makes you come back to it? What makes it so irresistible, so tasty and sweet? And when you do, do you wonder how this food that brings so much joy to the face of kids is so harmful to the health of adults?
Well let's take a bite out of this chapter on health and understand how added sugar affects our body and minds.
When you take in a refined sugar such as table sugar, the first immediate reaction your body has is the production of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that controls sugar and the levels of it in your body, stemming from the pancreas, it makes sure sugar is stored in the body and brain so they can then use it as energy.
Your brain can only use glucose as an energy source (hence insulin), and needs it to function, however, too much of this is harmful and contributes to your brain aging. When sugar enters your brain, it produces dopamine, also known as the “motivation hormone” and is the reward center for the brain. This hormone is produced to tell us we like what we just took/did, even if it's harmful for us whether it’s bungy-jumping, to ingesting hard drugs like cocaine.
When sugar is absorbed by the body, its main function is just to be used as energy. However, when too much energy is accumulated, and not enough is used, this energy transforms, accumulates, spreads and searches for places to drop fatty deposits in the heart, liver, blood vessels, etc. This build up contributes to fatty liver disease, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other illnesses.
At this point you are probably wondering to yourself, how much is enough?
The short answer to that is 250g a week (36g a day). The shocking part is that the average American consumes up to 1.3kg per week! Way over the recommended amounts!
It’s good to treat yourself to a nice sweet beverage or ice cream every now and again, it brings out the inner kid in you and who doesn’t want to feel like a kid again?
However sugar should be treated like alcohol: “everything in moderation”. A good rule of thumb I like to follow to keep a good balance is the 80% - 20% rule and I believe this rule can apply to many more things. 80% of what you do is dedicated to building you up, and 20% are the rewards you reap for dedication to your health.
Tune into our next blog to find out how Protelicous can support your body when fighting against sugar.