June is Men’s Health Month. If there’s ever a time as a male to think about your personal health, now is the time to do it. Over the next month we’ll be discussing men’s health issues and what you can do to improve.
Last week we talked about why you should get a regular check up with the doctor. This week we’re talking about sugar, and why you should cut down on it.
There is really no benefit to added sugar. It contains no essential nutrients, it’s bad for your teeth and liver, and can contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Small amounts of sugar is fine, and naturally occurring sugar in fruit is harmless. Added sugar in fizzy drinks, fruit juice and processed food is what you should look out for. Many packaged foods and processed foods contain more sugar than necessary and it’s often unnoticeable.
Like abusive drugs, sugar creates a release of dopamine in the reward centre of the brain, leading people to crave more and more of the food that contains excessive amounts of sugar. It’s considered that sugar can be addictive for these reasons, which contributes to unhealthy eating habits.
Too much sugar means too many calories which leads to weight gain. This all adds up to increased risk of obesity and serious illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Take a look at what you’re putting into your body. If you’ve gotten into the habit of eating packet meals and drinking sugary drinks, try preparing your meals from basic ingredients and drinking water, even if it’s just for a week. You’ll feel better for it and maybe break a few bad habits.