Is There Such a Thing as Too Much?

Aria Griffin, Staff Writer

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Inferring from the title, I can guarantee that a vast majority of people would be thinking that this is a no-brainer to answer. Sugar is probably one of the most consumed ingredients of all time, next to salt. A generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, which are made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, are used in a gargantuan portion of the food that we consume daily. Similarly to salt, it can also be absolutely impossible to avoid. It’s ubiquitous and it can even be found in foods that you wouldn’t expect like fruit and vegetables, so it isn’t exactly that hard to consume it, which is where the question comes into play. Can you really have too much sugar?

It is very certain that the answer to this is yes, as it is proven that consuming high amounts of sugar is and can be damaging to your health and it can affect various parts of your body. Most people who consume sugar do acknowledge this and some of them might not even be aware, but then another question might raise from this statement that you might be wondering. How much sugar is considered too much? To answer this, we’ll need to know how sugar is classified and how much you should consume. Sugar can be classified into two types known as free sugars and naturally occurring sugars. Free sugars are the most common of the two, as they are usually found and added in various foods and drinks, as well as honey, syrups, fruit juices, and fruit juice concentrates. Naturally occurring sugars are usually found in only fruit and milk.

With all of this information about what types of sugars are contained in your sustenance and beverages, it can be safe to say that it would be hard to not consume too much since it’s in practically every single fiber of your diet, but in reality, it really isn’t. You only have to remember one word: balance. The key thing to remember about eating healthy in general is all about balance. Indulgent foods, such as those high in fat and/or sugar, can be enjoyed and savored but not on a frequent basis. It’s perfectly fine to have that one bowl of ice cream or a Snickers bar now and then, but not every single day. This article’s purpose isn’t to control or persuade you to change how you eat or what you eat, but rather to explain why there is such a thing as having too much sugar. Sugar can be nice occasionally and extremely addicting, as we all know fairly well; nevertheless, it certainly isn’t worth gaining empty calories with no energy, tooth decay, and/or type two diabetes over.

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Is There Such a Thing as Too Much?