How to Deal with Sweet Tooth Cravings?
On the flip side, too many sweets and desserts are not good for you. Obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are just three of the diseases that await anyone who consumes too much sugar. The rise of added sugar intake and a subsequent rise in obesity and type 2 diabetes has shown a close parallel. Observational studies have found connections between sugar-sweetened beverages and long-term weight gain and type 2 diabetes-related metabolic conditions.
Sugar has been found to produce more symptoms than is required to be considered an addictive substance in animal studies. Animal data has shown significant overlap between the consumption of added sugars and drug-like effects.
These effects include bingeing, craving, tolerance, withdrawal, cross-sensitization, cross-tolerance, cross-dependence, reward, and opioid effects.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that both adults and children keep their intake of sugar to less than 10% of daily calories. In other words, people should consume no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar daily. It’s therefore important to be aware of where sugar can be found in your diet so that you can subsequently reduce it.
Here are some tips to cut sugar consumption in your diet: