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Are You Eating Too Much Sugar? If You Have 1 or More of These Symptoms, Then Yes

PopSugar logo PopSugar 3/21/2018 Dominique Michelle Astorino
Am I Eating Too Much Sugar? © POPSUGAR Photography / Bonnie Burke Am I Eating Too Much Sugar?

Are you eating too much sugar? Though the recommended daily amount of added sugar tops out at 25 grams (six teaspoons) for women, your body could be significantly more sensitive (and the truth is, many of us eat way, way more than the recommended daily max).

But how can you tell if your sugar intake is higher than it should be? Because everyone's body is different, we'll each have different reactions to sugar intake - and each of us has a different personal "maximum." Clinical nutritionist and detox specialist Autumn Bates, CCN shared a few telltale signs you can keep an eye on to decide if it's time to cut back.

Mood Swings

If you haven't been feeling like the nicest or happiest version of yourself, your diet could be to blame. "A high-sugar diet can cause you to have severe mood swings," said Bates. This is "due to the rise and fall in blood glucose levels - think 'hangry'." We've been there! "This happens because sugar is absorbed much more quickly into your body than fat or protein, so this results in a surge of energy and a very sudden drop. That drop can cause you to feel moody, angry, anxious, annoyed, and really hungry." Limiting your intake of sweets could potentially balance out your mood and lead to more positive feelings overall.

Acne

Is sugar giving your skin a little #TBT to your middle school years? You thought you outgrew acne, but your diet had other plans for you? "[Ingesting] high levels of sugar has been linked to hormone imbalances," said Bates. "These imbalances can appear in a variety of ways, but one of the most common forms is acne." Plan of action: keep your skin routine the same, but just start reducing your sugar intake. Take some before and after photos to see if the diet overhaul is making a difference, and go from there.

Headaches

Ouch. Are you catching yourself reaching for NSAIDs and calling out of work with a migraine more than once a month? "Having a sudden spike, then drop in blood glucose levels (which happens with a high sugar diet) can trigger hypoglycemia," said Bates. "Common symptoms of hypoglycemia can include headaches or migraines. If you experience headaches often, you may be eating excessive amounts of sugar."

Inability to Lose Weight

If you're exercising constantly and eating pretty healthy but still not losing weight, it's time to reassess your diet's sugar levels. "Having a constant stream of sugar given to your body makes it impossible for your body to utilize it's own fat stores," she said. Want to burn fat? Time to ditch the sweets. "It's much easier for your body to use sugar as a source of energy when it's available, so a high sugar diet will make it extremely difficult to tap into energy stored as fat."

Hormone Imbalances

For women especially, a sugary diet could be linked with different hormonal issues - according to Bates, this is specifically true for women with PCOS, or polycysitc ovarian syndrome. "PCOS has become an epidemic with women in their 20s and 30s," she said. "The two main factors that have been traced back to PCOS are stress and excessive sugar intake." Fun fact: stress can also cause all of the aforementioned symptoms that sugar can . . . so eating sugar is almost like eating stress.

"PCOS has been linked to insulin resistance, which can be caused by excessive sugar in the diet," said Bates. Keep in mind that even if your PCOS is not caused by sugar, you can potentially control the symptoms by reducing your intake. "One of the ways that I've seen PCOS controlled and sometimes reversed with my clients is by cutting out any additional sugar, reducing fruit intake, and limiting grain intake, especially refined grains - which ultimately get broken down into simple sugars in your body," said Bates.

Slideshow: 10 scary things that happen to your body when you eat too much sugar (Provided by Insider) 

The INSIDER Summary:Scientists are constantly studying and debating the risks and consequences of a sugar-rich "Western diet."Eating too much sugar is correlated with weight gain and obesity.Scientists have also associated eating too many sweets with increased risk of heart disease.Other effects include skin problems and anxiety. We already know that modern Western diets are loaded with  added sweeteners (even our bread has excess sugar in it). With obesity numbers skyrocketing and the nutritional science community oscillating between sugar, fat, and carbs as the scapegoat du jour, it's hard to know what exactly is safe to eat.  There are alot of myths surrounding the effects sugar has on our health. But even though humans need glucose to survive, it's no secret that the exorbitant amount of sugar found in everyday foods like processed snack foods, canned food, and soft drinks have become too much for our bodies to handle. INSIDER has rounded up 10 of the scariest effects a sugar-rich diet can have on your overall health, with expert input from Dr. Jennifer Haythe, a cardiologist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, Rebecca Lee, a registered nurse and founder of  RemediesForMe.com, and Colette Heimowitz, a nutritionist at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. who has worked with celebrities like Kim Kardashian. 10 scary things that happen to your body when you eat too much sugar

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