Sugar cravings. How we love to hate them. You go to the store with perfectly good intentions to buy healthy food only to find yourself speeding toward the candy. I repeatedly hear from people “but I just can’t control my sweet tooth.” A sugar craving is your body’s way of telling you something. Read on to find what that something what your sugar craving is telling you about your health and what you can do about it.
Does your body need sugar?
The answer is yes. Everyone needs sugar to maintain proper blood sugar levels in the body. Sugar is energy for your brain, muscles and organs. They all need glucose to function. The best form of this energy is from fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates that have fiber, vitamins and other minerals our bodies need.
How much sugar do you need?
The American Heart Association recommends 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 for men (24 grams and 36 grams) yet the average adult is consumes 24 teaspoons a day and the average child 32.
What happens when you eat sugar?
The pancreas releases insulin to round up sugar and triage it. The first place your body tries to store sugar is in muscle, but when muscles are full it stores excess sugar in fat cells. The more sugar you eat, the more work your pancreas and liver have to do to clean things up and maintain equilibrium.