Sugar Rush- Decoded

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  March 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM Health Watch   - G J E 4
With the increasing focus on diet and nutrition due to weight loss fads making rounds, we all seem to be looking up food guides and diet on the Internet. Sugar is among the biggest culprits of weight gain and numerous studies and researches now suggest that sugar could be responsible for various other health issues.
Sugar Rush- Decoded
Sugar Rush- Decoded

A sugar rush, also known as a sugar high, is that amazing surge of instant energy you get when you consume a sugary substance. This sugar rush is often criticized and held responsible for headaches and fatigue. Here's some information on how that 'sugar high' works, and why it is not so good for your health.

Sugar consumption boosts the tryptophan levels of the brain, which in turn increases the brain's serotonin levels- serotonin is responsible for making you feel contented and satiated. What's more is that immediately after you consume sugar-rich food, like a stack of syrupy pancakes, or a slab of chocolate cake, you experience a dopamine rush-similar to when you consume cocaine.

As time passes, we tend to consume more and more sugary foods to get that feeling of satisfaction and contentment, but the effect tends to decrease, tempting us to eat more, which finally leads to piling up of pounds.

Also, the buzz of energy that you may feel after consuming a sugary substance may grip you and create an addiction. The so called hangover effects of this sugar abuse are headaches, dizziness and fatigue. This sugar rush is also thought to be responsible for hyperactivity among kids.

Needless to say, moderate consumption of everything is the perfect way out. A little bit of everything is exactly what your body requires.

Completely avoiding sugar can also have disastrous impacts on your health. Stick to the number of calories according to your age group, and indulge in a small treat once in a while.

Source: Medindia

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