Published: December 30, 2016
Sugar, sugar, and more sugar! Sugar has always been known for giving you that satisfying sweet flavoring on your palette. However, in recent years, there’s been a lot of discovery around sugar and as it turns out…it may taste sweet, but it’s not so sweet to our skin and body. You may have heard some more chatter recently about the toll sugar can take on these areas of your body, but with so much confusion and different information floating around you may not be as clear as you’d like. We’re sharing some of sugar’s impact on your skin and body – and you may be surprised!
It Can Actually Cause Your Skin to Age
GASP! Does this one come as a shock to you, too? We were pretty shocked to discover that sugar has been found to cause aging to occur in the skin. But, unfortunately it’s the cold hard truth. Sugar has been found to actually cause the collagen and elasticity in your skin to breakdown – both of these traits are what keeps your skin looking youthful and vibrant. In addition, our skin cells aren’t able to repair themselves to keep our skin looking young so the skin begins to form fine lines and wrinkles over time.
It Can Cause You to Over Eat
Many studies have found that when we consume too much sugar, we gain weight (it’s just science here). However, what recent information has found is that it’s not just the sugar that’s causing us to overeat…but the impact that sugar has on our body’s natural overeating indicator to not function. Confusing? Ok, so basically when we consume too much sugar our bodies begin to not be able to actually tell when we’re full or we’ve eaten too much. Since this happens when we consume too much sugar, we tend to overeat on a consistent basis because our bodies aren’t able to really shut off that urge to stop eating.
It Can Negatively Affect Our Brain Function
So we already touched on the fact that sugar can affect the way our bodies know whether we’re full or not, but that’s not the only deeper struggle that can come from consuming too much sugar. It’s also been discovered that sugar causes us to struggle with our memory, suffer from brain fog or inability to really focus and learn, and it’s even been found to have an impact on depression.
It Can Be Addicting
When we think of addiction, we often think of things like drugs and alcohol, however, it’s been found that sugar can be just as addicting as these other substances. Sugar actually releases dopamine in our bodies, which causes us to have more cravings for that particular consumption. Because sugar has been found to be quite addicting, many people don’t truly realize if/when they’re addicted to sugar. If you feel like after reading this article, you want to cut back on sugar – you’ll likely then realize just how much sugar you’re consuming on a daily basis.