Sugar isn’t bad for you, but eating too many calories certainly is.
The problem with sugar is that it’s so easy to overeat, and many people tend to do exactly that. Here are some of the problems people can run into when they overeat sugar, and what to eat instead.
1. Risk for Heart Disease
In order to prevent heart disease and take care of your heart, it’s best to eat a diet full of leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and small amounts of nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.
Getting enough exercise is also important for taking care of your heart along with managing your stress levels and getting enough sleep.
2. Early Death
Heart disease can lead to early death without question, but what is interesting is that sugar consumption has been found to have a profound effect on individuals having an even higher risk for early death than others with heart disease.
Keep in mind, this is for extremely high intakes of sugar with little exercise.
3. Weight Gain
All added sugars like agave and maple syrup contain just as many calories as regular sugar, yet many people look at them as healthier options.
When eaten in excess, sugar can contribute to weight gain.
If you maintain a high-sugar, high calorie diet for months or years on end, you’re at a much higher risk of developing obesity and diabetes.
- All fresh fruits (3 – 5 fruits a day)
- All fresh vegetables and greens (at least 9 cups per day)
- Starchy tubers such as sweet potatoes and winter squash (2-3 a day)
- Whole grains (1-2 servings per day)
- Legumes which includes beans, peas, and lentils (1-2 servings per day)
- Nuts and seeds (1 ounce per day) such as raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, flax and chia seeds