A sugar-free diet is a diet that eliminates or restricts added and refined sugars, which refers to the sugars not naturally found in foods and liquids.
And now you’re wondering why it matters, right?
Well, that’s easy: most processed and packaged goods contain added sugars, which is a very effective stabilizer and preservative. What that means is that sugar makes foods and drinks last for longer than they normally would.
But there are risks associated with excessive sugar consumption, such as:
- heart disease
- type 2 diabetes
- high cholesterol
- high blood pressure
And there are many other benefits of a sugar-free diet!
Just like with dairy, sugar can also have an effect on acne. And that might happen because you will have less insulin flowing through your body. The consumption of sugar triggers the release of insulin, which “can cause inflammation which may result in a breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin”, according to nutritionist Jenna Hope. Moreover, when we digest sugar, it binds to collagen, and so, if there’s too much sugar in your system, it can have a negative impact on how collagen works. This increases the risk of skin disorders and wrinkles.
Added sugars are simple carbohydrates. What this means is that they are digested fast and they enter your bloodstream quickly. This is how sugar rush happens.
However, once the rush is over (aka the sugar is metabolized), you will start to crash, which will leave you feeling tired and sleepy. You may be riding this energy roller coaster all day, since added sugar is hiding in countless sneaky places—even salad dressing and barbecue sauce.
We can almost hear you thinking: but I feel better after eating sugar! Isn’t that the whole point of it? Well yeah, it will make you feel better. But that will only last until it’s all digested, and then you’ll feel worse.
This is all to do with hormones, and the control sugar has over what’s released into the body. It has been shown that sugar suppresses a hormone called BDNF, the hormone which is required to produce new neurons. People who are more likely to experience low moods have lower levels of BDNF, which is why the suppression of this from sugar can further enhance low mood and depression, says Jenna Hope.
In other words, cutting out sugar means your levels of BDNF will return to normal, and your mood may improve as a result.
Here’s how we can help
If you’re still here, at this point in the article, you must really be interested in this. And we want to help you, be it that you’re (considering) starting this sugar-free journey or that you have been on if for a while.
So, you should know that the entire range of our products is sugar-free, which guarantees that you won’t have to deal with any of the unpleasant side-effects associated with excessive sugar consumption or with any of the processed stuff!