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Pass me the sugar please!

After a long day, you head for your heaping bowl of ice cream, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.

You repeat the cycle, day in and day out. As you likely know, this habit isn't doing you or your body any good.

No one really needs more sugar. It provides empty calories that add pounds to your waistline. Plus, it raises your insulin levels, putting you at risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and more.

Sugar is added to all kinds of foods that you wouldn't expect to find it in, even foods you assume are "healthy" often have added sugar.

In fact, it's the very foods and drinks you may not consider sweet that can take you by surprise.

Some red flags that your body is signalling you to cut back on sugar.

  1. When you're coming off a sugar high, you can experience mood swings.
  2. You eat sugar after you have stuffed a meal
  3. You go to extreme lengths to get sugar.
  4. You crave sugar constantly.
  5. You turn to sugar to soothe your woes.
  6. The more sugar you eat, the more you crave it as one chocolate bar isn't enough.

A chocolate now and then is justifiable. But if you constantly need something sweet when you're stressed or bored , you have sugar addiction. It's unhealthy to turn to sugar for emotional relief.

Plus, turning to food to drown your sorrows doesn't let you properly feel and deal with your emotions.

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