Some of us have a sweet tooth, and others don’t. This is something we can’t help ourselves with, but what we can do is control how much sugar we consume. Sugar tolerance is a condition in which people have grown accustomed to high sugar levels in their diet and now need more sugar than usual to feel satisfied
What Happens When You’re Addicted to Sugar?
Being addicted to sugar, you’ll most likely be stuck in a vicious cycle. Why? Because sugar stimulates and releases dopamine, a hormone that gives your body a rush of energy and happiness The more you consume sugar, the more your brain gets used to it as a reward and becomes dependent on it for continued pleasure. This is why sugar addiction is so hard to break!
If you’re like many Singaporeans, you take in an average of twelve teaspoons (or 60g) of sugar every day. And that’s just the average! If you’re consuming anything more than that, it’s time to start monitoring your sugar intake. Funny enough, “diet sodas” that claim to have no sugar added to their beverages are not the best option either. Sure, diet sodas don’t have as much sugar as regular sodas but the artificial sweetener, colouring and preservatives are enough to push you over the edge of your daily sugar consumption.
A Few Soft Drinks Don’t Hurt, Right?
It starts with one or two sweet sugary drinks, later it becomes your go-to beverage, and then the next thing you know, you’re drinking it every day. You don’t even realize how much it’s affecting your health until you start feeling the negative effects.
At this point, we all know that drinking too much soda isn’t good for us, but it’s not the worst thing in the world, either. After all, it’s just a little sugar, right? Wrong!
One teaspoon is equivalent to 4.2 grams of sugar, and that’s a lot—and your usual can of soda contains anywhere between 7 and 10 teaspoons of sugar! Visualizing this makes it easy to see how much we are chugging down all the extra sugar without even realizing it. And if that’s not enough to convince you to put down the soda, consuming one or two sugary drinks daily can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. That’s right: drinking one to two cans of soda a day could put you at 26% greater risk than those who don’t drink any.
How to Stop Sugar Cravings?
Do you ever feel like your sugar cravings are out of control? Well, we’ve got some tips for you. These tips are probably the most effective way of stopping sugar cravings because they remove all temptation from your life and prevent them from occurring in the first place:
- Drink plenty of plain water.
- Go cold turkey and cut down on the amount of sugar in your diet.
- Get enough sleep as it decreases your hunger hormones.
But what if there was another way? What if instead of giving in to cravings, you could find a healthier option? What if you could get the same satisfaction of a carbonated drink without all the sugar? Yes, we’re talking about sparkling water. Sparkling water is an incredible alternative to sweet sugary beverages, and SodaStream makes it easy to get your hands on a glass of this delicious beverage.
Sodastream Water Makers infuse your ordinary water with fun carbonated bubbles, satisfying your sugar cravings and giving you the same kick as your regular soft drink. The main ingredients in SodaStream’s flavors are fruit juice and natural flavors, which is an excellent substitution for sugar. In fact, SodaStream flavors are unsweetened and have less sugar than store-bought sodas, so you won’t feel guilty about your indulgence. We have bold fruit flavors like Orange Mango, Lemonade, Pink Grapefruit and many more.
Our dream is to help people drink more water, and we’re committed to making that happen in the most delicious way possible. SodaStream makes it easy and fun to get your daily hydration with healthier options than other beverages.
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