Are You Sugar Addict?
Sugar addict is similar to drug addict, you will first feel the pleasure because dopamine release in your body then, you would experience a strong sense of excitement. As the sugar level in your body increases, your insulin secretion will also increase. If your body is addicted to sugar, you might get extremely fatigued if you try to suppress your desire for sugar, hence you will be losing your concentration and feel moody!
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Excessive dependence on sweets may cause sugar poisoning.
The term “glucotoxicity” refers to people who consume excessive amounts of sugar over a long period of time. Not only do they love sweets, they are also likely addicted to heavily seasoned foods, making them more prone to developing diseases than ordinary people while their body’s ageing process accelerates.
Take the following quiz and answer 10 questions to check your sugar addictive level! If you are experiencing any 3 of these conditions, you likely have glucotoxicity (sugar poisoning)!
1. I had a heavy breakfast in the morning, but I feel hungry before lunchtime. Yes/No
2. Junk food, sweets, and everything else, when you start, you can’t stop. The more you eat, the more addictive it gets. Yes/No
3. I often don’t feel satisfied after a meal. Yes/No
4. Whenever I see or smell food, my desire to eat gets stronger and stronger. Yes/No
5. Sometimes I am not hungry, but I still feel like eating. Yes/No
6. I will always feel like eating supper. Yes/No
7. When I am full, I will feel lethargic or tired. Yes/No
8. Even after meal my stomach will still feel empty and I will also feel tired. Yes/No
9. I can’t stop eating even when I’m already full. Yes/No
10. I have experienced rebound after my weight loss before. Yes/No
Tip to stay healthy: Avoid foods that are high in sugar content
According to the suggestion from World Health Organization (WHO), the ideal daily calorie intake for an adult is approximately 2,000kcal, while the sugar intake should be maintained at not more than 10% (which is 200kcal). It also means that the intake of refined sugar should be controlled within 50g (about 10 sugar cubes). It would be most ideal if to maintain the sugar intake at 5% (25g) of the overall calorie intake.
The most common types of sugar seen in the market are sucrose, glucose, and fructose.
Sucrose is a disaccharide, white granulated sugar, cube sugar, and brown sugar are all belonging to sucrose. Glucose is known as simple sugar which can replenish energy, whereas fructose is a monosaccharide, which provides the highest sweetness among all the natural sweeteners. Its sweetness is equivalent to 1.7 times that of sucrose, followed by sucrose, then glucose, its sweetness is about 0.7 times that of sucrose.
Tip to healthier food selections: Compare Glycemic index (GI) value
You might not know whether the foods that you eat are healthy, but you can apply GI value as a standard to opt for healthier choices.
GI value refers to a rating system that measures the rise in blood sugar in the body after food is ingested. A food that is high in GI value can cause your blood sugar to rise rapidly, while a low-GI food makes your blood sugar rise slowly.
The advantages of maintaining a low-GI diet include: lesser accumulation of body fat, feeling more energetic, and providing a greater sense of satiety. Other than that, it can also help to lower triglycerides (TG), total cholesterol, and bad cholesterol (LDL), as well as maintain healthier blood sugar levels. A high-GI diet can lead to overweight or obesity. When sugar is not being metabolized in time, it will then accumulate in the liver and muscles, hence, turn into body fat that will affect the body’s absorption of calcium, vitamins, and other substances, causing malnutrition over time.