Sugar

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Sugar can cause inflammation and mood swings. Fluctuations in blood sugar impairs neuro signaling and affects mental health. Sugar suppresses activity of BDNF, which promotes the health of your brain neurons. Sugar consumption also triggers chemical reactions in your body that promote chronic inflammation. In the long term, inflammation disrupts the normal functioning of your immune system, which is linked to a greater risk of depression

sugar suppresses activity of a key growth hormone in your brain called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF levels are critically low in both depression and schizophrenia. Sugar consumption also triggers a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that promote chronic inflammation. In the long term, inflammation disrupts the normal functioning of your immune system and wreaks havoc on your brain. Last but not least, sugar (particularly fructose) and grains contribute to insulin and leptin resistance and impaired signaling, which also play a significant role in your mental health. Artificial food ingredients, the artificial sweetener aspartame in particular, can wreak havoc with your brain function. Both depression and panic attacks are known potential side effects of aspartame consumption. Other additives, such as artificial colorings, are also known to impact mood.

Sugar hides

Sugar hides everywhere. Manufacturers know that we’re wired to love the stuff so we’ll find it in wine, soda, sauces, processed food, granola bars, agave nectar, some yoghurt and many more. Without knowing it, we can consume hundreds of grams of sugar a day and so that our blood sugar doesn’t even know what normal is. Let’s pay attention to where sugar is in our diet, cravings and what to replace it with.

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Check out sweet snacks and desserts in the Brilliant COOKBOOK for sweet alternatives to processed sugar. All recipes take 30 minutes or less to make. All recipes are two’fers and have a double or triple hit (they’ll work for another meal or good as frozen for another day)

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