The recommended sugar intake for each person will vary based on various factors such as age, gender, country and culture. Before we go further into this lets first define sugar. Naturally found in most plants especially beet and sugarcane, sugar is a carbohydrate. It usually goes through a process of refinement where it is crystalizes and made available for consumption.
After refinement sugar is added to processed food. If you look at labels of these items sugar are usually the ingredients ending with “ose,” for example maltose and sucrose. Other types of sugar include high fructose corn syrup, molasses, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey and fruit juice concentrates.
Why include Sugar in your Diet
Sugars are usually added to food or in drinks to help enhance it. Sugar improves the taste of foods that provide important nutrients such as cereal and yogurt or low fat milk. This has help in the development of the human body especially in kids. Sugar function as the chief source of energy for your body. When sugar is consumes it is easily digested and gives the body an instant burst of energy. Sports drinks (energy drinks) and soft drinks are loaded with calories and sugar in an attempt to replace all the lost energy after a physical activity. However, water is recommended to be the main source of hydration especially for children after physical activities.
Why your recommended sugar intake should be that of a small amount?
Individuals who ingest a smaller amount of sugars over a period of time usually have lower body weight. So increasing the amount of sugar in your meals is like to be associated with your weight increase. Studies have also showed that kids with higher non-natural sugar intakes especially in drinks are more susceptible to becoming overweight or obese. Also keep in mind that a product that has no fruit or milk products in the ingredients is usually sweetened 100% by unnatural added sugars.
Also a recommended sugar intake of a small amount is also important because large sugar consumption over time can lead to sugar addiction. Sugar addiction is the addiction associated with the bingeing, withdrawal and craving of sugar. Some researchers posit that ingestion of sweets and other forms of sugar could induce a heroin like addiction effect.
Sugar is very beneficial because the human body requires sugar in the diet for strength and energy in order to carry out daily activities. In spite of the fact that sugar can result in weight gain and various disorders, it cannot be denied that sugar gives the body instant energy. Regrettably, this initial burst of energy is usually followed by a fall in energy levels. This fall in energy levels often leaves you hungry and craving more sugar and food. This causes you to eat more thus growing your calorie intake.
Sugar is definitely important in each and every diet because of its obvious benefits, but surplus sugar intake may lead to many serious health problems and diseases. The recommended sugar intake of a small amount also prevents sugar that is consumed beyond the needed amount from been converted to fat and stored under the skin and around internal organs. To reduce your likelihood of experiencing these difficulties, enjoy foods and drinks with added sugar in moderation and make an attempt to consume more natural occurring sugars.
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