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Signs You're Eating Too Much Sugar

By Sara Butler

You may be cutting sugar out of your diet in obvious ways such as forgoing dessert after dinner each night or kicking your soda habit to the curb. While those are great steps to a healthier you, there are still plenty of sources of added sugar in the world. Have you ever taken a look at just how many products are made with high fructose corn syrup? Yes, everything from salad dressings to condiments to protein bars can have far more sugar in them than you realize. If you're worried you're still getting too much sugar in your diet, then here are a few of the more subtle signs your body is sending to let you know that it's in sugar overload.

How Much Sugar?

First, it's important to know how much sugar is too much sugar. Overall, you shouldn't have more than 10 percent of your daily calories from sugar. For most people, that's between 38 and 50 grams of sugar per day. Of course, eating less than that, around 25, is what the American Heart Association thinks most people should aim for. That's only about six teaspoons of sugar per day.

Signs You Eat Too Much Sugar

So, how do you know you're eating too much sugar? If you pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you, then you may notice these symptoms:

  • Digestive distress - Too much sugar throws off the balance of bacteria in your gut and can make your digestive system a bit sluggish
  • You have breakouts - Skin breakouts, especially around your chin and mouth, may be due to the way sugar increases the production of certain hormones
  • You have cavities - Sugar promotes tooth decay, so it stands to reason that too much of the sweet stuff can cause dental issues
  • You crave it - It's been shown that the more sugar you eat, the more you crave it. So, if you simply must have something sweet after dinner, then it's probably because you're eating too much sugar overall.
  • Joint pain - There has been some research that suggests that sugar leads to inflammation and inflammation can lead to joint pain, especially if you're already predisposed due to an inflammatory condition such as arthritis
  • You can't maintain a healthy weight - Perhaps the biggest sign you're not eating right is that you're finding it difficult to reach and maintain a healthy body weight

Be on the lookout for added sugars in the foods you eat!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sterling, Va.

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