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19 Signs That You Eat Too Much Sugar

Kimberly Love

While it can’t be argued that some people crave it more than others, on the whole, human beings love sugar. And although many would argue that it is the delicious taste that only a sugary treat can provide that draws in children and adults alike, according to some researchers, human beings love for sugar is purely innate. According to Professor Susanne Klaus, a biologist at the German Institute of Human Nutrition, the sugar we consume stimulates the brain’s reward system by trigger the release of certain neurotransmitters that give a person an enhanced feeling of well-being. “Experiments have shown that the combination of sugar and fat is especially effective in stimulating the brain’s reward system.” However, the problem is that just because something is innate and we are ‘wired’ to do it, doesn’t mean we should.

Although the exact number is difficult to point down, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average American consumes between 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugar a year. And while that information is startling, just remember that for every person who only eats 5 pounds of sugar a year, there is another who eats 295 pounds, and sadly, we aren’t exaggerating. And if the mere thought of this isn’t enough to have you rethinking your sugar intake, perhaps the abundance of medical concerns that could arise, ranging from diabetes to obesity, and from heart disease to liver disease. The problem is that people are consuming a lot of sugar in the products they eat and not even realizing it. Which begs the question – how would you know if you were eating too much sugar? Fortunately, we have the answers.

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