Eliminating added sugar from our life, even for just a period, can have quite important effects on our overall health, as found by several researches.Don't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
It is difficult to do without sugar and the many products that contain it in more or less high doses, yet various scientific researches show that we could have significant health benefits if we reduce (or rather eliminate) the consumption of added sugar for at least a month. .
The abuse of added sugar in food or drinks, as it is now known, is not good for our health. It is no coincidence that various international associations and experts recommend reducing it as much as possible. For example, Harvard Health Publishing points out that a high intake of added sugar is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, weight gain, and fatty liver condition. (Read also What Happens to Your Body If You Stop Eating Sugar for a Month?)
Cutting off the added sugars for a month may seem difficult at first, but it's worth it. From a reduced risk of diabetes to improved gut health to decreased anxiety, these are just some of the amazing effects that can be experienced.
Here are the main benefits discovered by science.
Less inflammation in the body
A 2006 study suggests that sugar can lead to a chronic inflammation problem. The latter has been linked to a wide range of diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and arthritis. Learning to live without added sugar can therefore help reduce the risk of these diseases.
Less risk of cancer
Research has shown that giving up sugar can also reduce the risk of certain types of cancer at the same time. Not only this but other research also suggests that sugar consumption 'feeds' cancer cells.
Less depression and anxiety
Eliminating sugar has positive effects not only on our body but also on our mind. For example, higher sugar intake in a diet is associated with a higher risk of depression, according to one study. In another study, it was found that a high-sugar diet can also cause neurobiological changes in brain function, creating altered emotional states and anxiety.
Lower risk of diabetes
In a study conducted by UC San Francisco, researchers found that:
the increase in sugar in a population's food supply was linked to higher rates of type 2 diabetes, regardless of obesity rates.
The risk of developing type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes, is also reduced if you eliminate added sugars for thirty days, but of course it would be better to limit them for longer.
A French study looked at over 24.000 adults to see if their eating habits affected acne development in any way. What the researchers found was that a diet high in sugar, fat, and animal products was actually linked to increased acne in adults.
While apparently the opposite is true, refined sugar, such as found in processed foods, cookies, chips and cakes, can make us feel sluggish and lethargic. On the contrary, by giving up these foods, and therefore sugar, you are likely to see an increase in your energy.
Better gut health
Eliminating sugar for a month can be beneficial for digestive health. For example, it can help balance the good gut bacteria in the gut. In fact, sugar and refined carbohydrates feed the negative bacterial flora that can lead to gastrointestinal problems such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
Better dental health
Since we were children we have been taught that sugar is synonymous with tooth decay and it is indeed true. Eliminating it even for just a period is therefore a good strategy to improve one's oral health.
Have we convinced you to give up sugar for (at least) a month?
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