There’s a reason sweet foods taste so nice: they contain sugar. And while we enjoy consuming sugary foods (especially those with added sugar), sadly they’re not particularly good for us.
We know that too much refined sugar eventually equals weight gain, and we also know sugar is the devil for our teeth. But did you know that sugar can affect your body in an array of other ways, too? Here’s how:
1. It can affect your mood
To help you stay focused throughout the day, your brain requires a steady supply of energy in the form of glucose from carbohydrates. But when you opt for sugary carbs, these will “send blood sugar levels soaring, then crashing, which in turn leads to fatigue and low mood,” explains dietician Helen Bond, who’s working in partnership with sugar alternative brand Splenda. “To help prevent a roller coaster in mood, it is important that we all seek out complex carbohydrates such as wholegrain breads and cereals, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, couscous, pulses and beans, which release their energy slowly,” she explains. A slow release of energy will in turn keep your blood sugar levels steady, which is better for refuelling the brain consistently and enhancing mood.