Ok, we all love to sink our teeth into something sweet every once in a while, some of us even on a daily basis, but how much sugar is too much sugar?
Grabbing some chocolate after a meal rocks, no doubt about it, but if you notice that you are having cravings and that you simply ‘must’ eat several candies per day, something might be wrong with your “sweet tooth”.
Since excessive sugar intake can cause serious health issues like type 2 diabetes, blood pressure, stroke, dementia, weight gain and bad teeth, it is useful to know the recommended sugar intake on a daily basis.
The American Heart Association suggests a maximum of 6 teaspoons a day for women, while for men the recommended maximum is 9 teaspoons.
“Sugar addiction is a real phenomenon,” warns Nicole Avena, PhD, a food addiction researcher and assistant professor of neuroscience at Princeton University.
“Research indicates that changes to brain chemicals after sugar consumption are similar to changes seen after drug use, and constantly overeating sugar leads to addiction and obesity.”