It is no secret that sugar is bad for our health - it rots our teeth, makes us fat, is highly addictive and is a huge contributor to type-2 diabetes (you can read more about the effects of sugar on our health here). But the shocking part is how much we are consuming... on average, we are consuming about 20 teaspoons of sugar PER DAY.
The World Health Organisation have recently recommended that we consume no more than 6 teaspoons per day for women or 9 teaspoons per day for men... sounds achievable, right? Unfortunately so many foods nowadays have hidden sugars in them. For example: pasta sauces (Dolmio Lasagne Thick Tomato Pasta Sauce has almost 7 teaspoons of sugar per jar), flavoured yogurts (one small pot of Müller Light Greek Style Blueberry Yogurt contains 2.5 teaspoons) or fruit juices (Spring Valley apple juice with 'no added sugar' still contains 11.5 teaspoons - see image below).
You can see how quickly all of these hidden sugars would add up which is how and why we are consuming so much each day without even noticing. In 'Jamie Oliver's Sugar Rush' he shows us how quickly the sugar in our diets add up by eating only what people would normally classify as 'healthy' foods - it's a great watch if you haven't already seen it!
So how can you tell if you're addicted to sugar? How do you know if you need to make a few simple swaps to improve your health? Here are 5 signs to show if you are addicted to sugar:
1) You crave something sweet after a meal
2) You eat sweet food even when you're not hungry
3) You get a 3pm afternoon slump
4) You feel like you're always hungry
5) You suffer from bloating, dark circles under the eyes or acne/poor skin
These are signs we know all too well - how many times have we eaten dessert after a big meal just because we can't say no?! Or needing that chocolate digestive biscuit with your afternoon cup of tea. They are signs we experience most days without even realising, but the fact of the matter is that you probably experience these signs because you are addicted to sugar (although not necessarily - please seek expert medical advice if you are concerned... I am not a doctor).
If you do experience a few of these signs, try to consciously reduce your sugar intake for a couple of weeks and I can guarantee you'll see a huge difference. Don't forget that today is the last day you canregister for the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Programme(next round starts on 9th June) so join whilst you can... it's definitely worth it!