There’s no denying that we all enjoy the sweet things in life. Fresh baked cookies, a slice of cake or an ice cream cone brighten our day and allow us to indulge just a little bit!
It’s also true that sugar is hidden everywhere these days — from bread to canned soup, pasta sauce to even sushi. There’s no getting away from it.
Too much sugar isn’t just bad for your teeth. It can contribute to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression and cancer. Artificial sweeteners are just as bad. They are linked to metabolic disorders, issues with the liver, cancer, and oddly enough, weight gain.
Being health conscious and eating right might not be enough when it comes to regulating your sugar intake. One of the biggest and most often overlooked culprits is in your after-work wind-down routine! Yep, that beer, rum and coke or even glass of wine is not only contributing to your sugar intake — it’s also disrupting your body’s blood sugars and ability to process sugars.
Here’s the not-so-sweet truth about alcohol and sugar:
You don’t know how much sugar you’re getting
Serving facts on alcohol labeling are completely voluntary. Manufacturers aren’t required to disclose the amount of sugar or carbohydrates a bottle contains. Carbs are converted into sugars by the body, so not disclosing one or the other means playing a guessing game on what you’re actually consuming!
Alcohol causes a yo-yo effect on your blood sugars
Alcohol really does a number on your blood sugars. Initially it raises them — especially if you’re consuming mixed drinks. Moderate amounts of alcohol can cause blood sugar to rise, but once your body starts to process the alcohol, your blood sugar drops dramatically.
Alcohol actually keeps your liver from releasing glucose which is what regulates your internal blood sugars. Drink enough and you could actually end up suffering from hypoglycemia. That’s why you sometimes wake up feeling shaky and out of sorts after a night of drinking!
Happy Hour is the worst
Do your happy hour drinks taste the best? Does it almost feel like your body needs them? Your body is most tired, hungry and thirsty at 5 p.m. It’s been a long afternoon stretch and your body is craving something to stabilize its blood sugars. Reaching for that wine or beer means that you’re not only depleting it of a good energy source that can fuel your body properly, you’re also setting it up for craving more sugar later, since the crash will come much sooner from a lack of a food source to help with metabolization. Talk about double trouble!
Alcohol and sugar can be a dangerous combination for both your health and your well-being. Indulge that sweet tooth in healthier ways and you’ll find you’re no longer craving wine o’clock or beer thirty at all!
Annie Grace is the author of “This Naked Mind: Control Alcohol, Find Freedom, Discover Happiness & Change Your Life.” Learn more at: thisnakedmind.com. Connect with Annie on Twitter.com and Facebook.com.
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