If you have been crushing sugar in your mouth more often than before, you are up for a bad news; but you are not alone, almost everyone in the U.S and half the total population in other countries are addicted to sugar. According to a research, about a quarter of our daily caloric intake i.e. about 325 calories on an average comes from sweets such as fruit juices, soda, desserts, baked goods etc.
Sweet treats are bad for health because they deliver a lot of calories with an almost negligible amount of nutrition. According to a study published in the Annual Review of Nutrition, which analyzed American diets, found that from 1970 through 2000, the daily caloric intake among women in the age group of 20 to 39 jumped from 1652 to 2028. Furthermore, the percentage of calories from fats and protein decreased considerably within the same duration. It was only the amount of carbohydrates, especially sugar, that shot up. Sugar, the study has stressed, is a huge element contributing to obesity.
Two more nasty facts that the study has revealed are:
1. Overeating sugar strokes the appetite instead of satisfying it.
2. Eating sugar can become addictive and sometimes so strong that you go scrape your nails out to grab a tiny piece of candy.
But this news must not deject you out of the world of gummy bears and candies, but motivate you to consume less with time. All you will need is a bit of determination to train yourself to stop making your saliva crave for sweet.