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How Does Added Sugar Affect The Body?

August 22, 2022
Written by
Team NutriSense

Sucrose, fructose, dextrose, lactose, maltose, glucose… Do these sound familiar? Sugar can be hiding in your foods under many different names.

Sugar is a natural component of many foods, like milk, fruits, and vegetables. These are known as “natural sugars,” and they come from carbohydrate sources that provide vitamins and minerals that your body needs. 

Added sugar, on the other hand, is sugar that has been added to a food or beverage after it has been produced or prepared. These sugars can increase your chance of both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as inflammation and obesity. 

So, why do added sugars have such a different impact on the body? And how much is safe to consume? Read on to find out. 

What Can Happen When You Consume Too Much Sugar

a box full of donuts

According to The Dietary Guidelines of America advises that adults limit their added sugar consumption to 10 percent of their total daily calories. For the average person, that translates to no more than 200 calories per day, or about 12 teaspoons. 

The American Heart Association, on the other hand, recommends limiting your added sugar consumption to no more than six percent of your daily calorie intake. The risk of negative health effects can increase in individuals who consume large quantities of added sugar. 

Here are six ways too much sugar can harm your health. 

Consuming High Amounts of Sugar Can Lead to Heart Disease

A diet high in added sugar can increase your risk of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, fatty liver disease, and obesity —  all of which are independent risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

In fact, studies have shown that a diet high in added sugar can make you three times as likely to die from heart disease. 

Excessive Sugar Can Cause Unhealthy Weight Gain

a woman who looks disappointed standing on a scale

Too much sugar can make it harder to maintain a healthy weight. One reason for this is that added sugars, especially fructose, can lead to leptin resistance

Leptin is a hormone that is crucial in maintaining a healthy body weight because it signals fullness, suppresses hunger, and regulates your energy. If your body doesn’t respond to leptin, it can be harder to tell when you are full, which can lead to overeating and weight gain

Eating A Lot of Sugary Foods Can Cause Acne

A diet high in sugar may lead to acne. This is because foods that are high in sugar are absorbed more quickly into your bloodstream, which can spike your blood sugar and cause inflammation and higher sebum production

Blood sugar spikes can also have a negative effect on your hormones. Acne can also be impacted by hormonal imbalances that can be made far worse by poor glycemic control.

A study of 2,300 teenagers in Turkey found that people who frequently ate sugar, pastries, and cakes had a higher chance of developing acne. These findings were confirmed by a 2022 review of scientific evidence, which found that a high-glycemic diet and high carbohydrate intake were associated with acne.

Increased Sugar Intake Can Cause Joint Pain

Consuming excess sugar can lead to chronically high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar can cause chronic inflammation, which can lead to joint pain and other adverse health effects.

One 2016 study even identified drinking sugar-sweetened beverages as an individual risk factor in developing rheumatoid arthritis. This inflammatory disease causes pain and swelling in the joints. 

High blood sugar levels can also cause an overproduction of something called reactive oxygen species, or ROS, in your body. These ROS can cause inflammation and damage to your cell tissues, which can lead to pain in your joints. 

Increases Your Chances of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

blood sugar finger prinks

A diet high in sugar can greatly increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. High sugar consumption can increase your blood sugar, which signals your body to release insulin, a hormone that helps your cells use and store glucose for energy. 

If your blood sugar is consistently high, your body will release more and more insulin. Eventually, this will make your body less responsive to insulin, which is one of the main risk factors for type 2 diabetes. 

One 2013 study of people in 175 countries found that every 150 calories from sugar consumed per day increased the risk of diabetes by about one percent. This is equivalent to about one can of soda a day. 

May Increase The Risk of Cancer

Studies have found that high sugar consumption may even increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Obesity is estimated to be a major risk factor in 20 percent of cancer cases. As we mentioned earlier, a diet high in sugar has been linked to obesity. 

There is also a possible link between insulin resistance and an increased risk of developing cancer. However, more research is needed to establish exactly how these two conditions affect each other. 

7 Ways to Kick Your Sugar Habit

a bowl of blueberries

If you’re trying to limit your sugar intake, there are a few habits you can try implementing to make it easier. Here are seven tips to help you kick your sugar habit.

1) Consume More Healthy Fats

Dietary fats help your body absorb nutrients, protect your organs, and are crucial for hormone production. Different types of fats have different effects on your body. 

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are two types of fat that can have positive effects on your health. Polyunsaturated fats have been found to support cardiovascular health. Monounsaturated fats can reduce your LDL cholesterol and have antiinflammatory properties.

These fats also contain vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects your cells and is needed for immune function. Studies show that consumption of fat can help you feel full longer, which can keep you from reaching for sugary snacks or beverages between meals. 

Try reaching for some of these foods high in healthy fats the next time you crave a sugary snack:

  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring)
  • Soybeans
  • Avocado
  • Organic, unsweetened peanut or nut butter

2) Add More Protein to Your Diet

 toast with a fried egg

Focusing on increasing your protein intake may help you reduce some of the sugar in your diet. Studies have shown that adding more protein to your diet can increase evening and late-night fullness, appetite control, and general satiety. 

Protein can also support healthy blood sugar levels, especially when paired with a carbohydrate. Try adding these healthy protein sources to your diet to reduce cravings and stay full for longer:

  • Eggs
  • Legumes such as lentils, beans, split peas, and chickpeas
  • Lean poultry 
  • Quinoa
  • Fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and sardines
  • Plain Greek yogurt

3) Eat More Fruit

Fruits contain natural sugars, and have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Apart from their vitamins and minerals, many fruits are also good sources of  fiber, which can help you feel full longer

Fiber also has a positive impact on blood sugar and digestive health. Because it can’t be absorbed by the body, foods high in fiber will be less likely to lead to blood sugar spikes. 

While fruit can help you satisfy your sweet tooth, it’s still important to watch your portion sizes. Dietary guidelines recommend consuming 1½  to two cups of fruit per day for women, and two to 2½ cups of fruit per day for men.

Next time you have a sugar craving, try one of these high-fiber fruits: 

  • Raspberries
  • Pears
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Oranges
  • Strawberries

4) Opt for Water Over Sports Drinks or Sodas

a woman drinking water

Sugary drinks account for about one third of America's added sugar consumption. Sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, flavored milk, and some fruit juices and smoothies are loaded with added sugar. 

These sugary beverages can lead to weight gain, which can increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Studies have also suggested that sugary drinks do not lead to feelings of fullness

Drinking water, on the other hand, can help you feel satiated. So, the next time you’re thirsty, opt for water instead of a sugary beverage.

5) Eat More Complex Carbohydrates

Not all carbs have the same effect on your health. Added sugars are categorized as simple carbohydrates, which are digested quickly and can lead to a spike in blood sugar. 

Complex carbs, on the other hand, are digested more slowly and give your body a steadier supply of blood sugar and help limit energy crashes.

Consider reaching for these complex carbs instead of sugar:

  • Fruits and veggies that are high in fiber, like pears, celery, avocados, and leafy greens
  • Legumes, like beans, lentils, split peas, and chickpeas
  • Whole grains, like barley, quinoa, or brown rice

6) Get More Sleep

a girl sleeping in her bed

A good night’s sleep is important for many reasons. Surprisingly, it can even have an impact on your appetite and cravings. Studies have found that sleep deprivation may decrease your brain’s ability to recognize fullness, and even increase your desire for high-calorie foods. 

Conversely, a diet high in sugar may actually affect your ability to get enough sleep. Practicing good sleep hygiene can help reverse this cycle. 

Try to get at least seven hours of sleep per night, make an effort to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. Avoiding large meals close to bedtime is another way to help ensure quality sleep.

7) Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress doesn’t just affect your mental health—it can have many physical effects as well, including on your blood sugar. Stress can increase the production of cortisol, a hormone that increases energy but also your blood sugar levels. 

Studies have also shown that people tend to reach for sugar during times of stress. This is because stress can alter hormone and serotonin signaling in the brain.  At the same time, a diet high in sugar can increase depression and anxiety and even lead to obesity, keeping you in a cycle of stress and overeating. 

Staying active, maintaining a healthy diet, keeping a journal, practicing mindfulness, and connecting with other people are all ways to reduce stress in your life.

Engage with Your Blood Glucose Levels with Nutrisense

Your blood sugar levels can significantly impact how your body feels and functions. That’s why stable blood glucose levels can be an important factor in supporting overall wellbeing.

With Nutrisense, you’ll be able to track your blood glucose levels over time using a CGM, so you can make lifestyle choices that support healthy living.

When you join the program, our team of credentialed dietitians and nutritionists are available for additional support and guidance to help you reach your goals.

Ready to take the first step? Start with our quiz to see how Nutrisense can support your health.

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Because nerve damage can have many silent symptoms, it often goes undiagnosed in the early stages. Read on to learn more about what causes nerve damage and some warning signs to watch out for.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fiber and its Effect on Metabolic Health
The Ultimate Guide to Fiber and its Effect on Metabolic Health

Ready to learn all about fiber beyond just the basics? In this post, we dive deep into the different kinds of fiber and health benefits of each. From functional fiber to fermentation, we break down all the jargon into a layman's language.

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The Relationship Between Cardio and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cardio and Blood Sugar

Did you know that cardio can help you lose weight as well as optimize your health and blood glucose? Here's everything you need to know about cardio and its relationship with blood sugar.

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The Side Effects of Unhealthy Weight Loss
The Side Effects of Unhealthy Weight Loss

Find out what unhealthy weight loss is and learn more about its side effects and what you can do to prevent them.

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The Relationship Between Low Blood Sugar and High Blood Pressure
The Relationship Between Low Blood Sugar and High Blood Pressure

Learn about the warning signs of low blood sugar and the relationship it has on blood pressure.

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The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar
The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar

Here is everything you need to know about the relationship between weight lifting and blood sugar.

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The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Cholesterol plays a very important role in the human body, contributing to the structure of the cells, helping with vitamin D synthesis, and also promoting the production of steroid and sex hormones, like cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, and estrogen. But how exactly is cholesterol connected to blood glucose levels?

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The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes
The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

NutriSense dietitian Katrina Larsen, MS, RD,N, LD, CDCES discusses the risk factors for sleep apnea and how this disorder is linked to other health conditions.

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The Paleo Diet and Blood Glucose Levels
The Paleo Diet and Blood Glucose Levels

The premise of the paleo diet is that the body can handle a mix of meats, fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, and complex carbohydrates better than processed meats, refined fats, grains and simple carbohydrates because it evolved to eat the first category as hunter-gatherers.

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The Health Benefits of Winter Squash
The Health Benefits of Winter Squash

A common ingredient in cozy winter recipes, winter squash is one of our favorite foods this time of year. Read on to learn more about how it can benefit your health.

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The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers We Love
The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers We Love

Haven't finished your holiday shopping yet? Pick from this list of NutriSense-approved holiday gifts to find some great last-minute stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!

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The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Health-Focused Gifts They’ll Love
The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Health-Focused Gifts They’ll Love

Still haven't bought all your holiday gifts this year? Don't worry—there's still time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Read our guide for some great ideas!

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The Link Between Inflammation and Blood Glucose
The Link Between Inflammation and Blood Glucose

Learn more about inflammation, how it affects blood glucose levels and what you can do to prevent and manage it.

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet
The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods have a range of health benefits. Read on to learn more about what they are and why you should be adding them to your diet.

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The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes
The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes are similar in usage, but pretty distinct in taste, texture, appearance, and even nutritional content! Read on to find out more about each one.

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The Health Benefits of Living With Pets
The Health Benefits of Living With Pets

Did you know that living with a pet can do more than just put a smile on your face? Read on to learn all the ways living with pets improves your wellbeing.

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The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices
The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor to dishes, and also have a range of health benefits. Learn more about a few of our favorites.

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The Health Benefits of Beans
The Health Benefits of Beans

Learn about the health benefits of beans and how they can help you live a healthier, longer life.

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The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?
The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?

Review our guide to metabolic diets to help get a better understanding of what they are and whether they might be right for you.

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The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa
The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa

Learn about the traditions and nutrient-dense food commonly enjoyed during Kwanzaa. 

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The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection
The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection

Have you ever wondered how your glucose levels might be connected to joint pain? We'll take a deep dive into this connection and share tips for reducing pain.

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The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia
The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia

This article explores hypoglycemia in non-diabetics, how to manage symptoms through diet, and the advantages of glucose monitoring.

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The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels
The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels

Take a look at how aging can affect your blood glucose levels.

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The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels
The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Read on to learn more about vitamin D-rich foods and what you should include in your diet to make the most of this vitamin’s health benefits.

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The Best Diet for Menstruation
The Best Diet for Menstruation

When it comes to your menstrual cycle, what you eat can significantly impact how you feel. Read on to learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help during that time of the month.

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The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic healing system that dates back over 5,000 years. In the second installment of our series on the practice, review the benefits and risks associated with popular Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet
The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet

In this article, we break down what a low FODMAP diet looks like for beginners, and its potential benefits and drawbacks for gastrointestinal health.

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The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis
The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis

When it comes to bone health, good nutrition is absolutely critical. Read on to learn what osteoporosis is and why some foods may increase your risk of or worsen the condition.