Growing up most people probably heard this warning from parents every Halloween, “don’t eat too much candy, or you’ll get a tummy ache!” Well this is true, too much sugar can make your stomach hurt, but too much sugar over a long period of time can also have more severe repercussions. With Halloween and other holidays rapidly approaching, it would be good for everyone to be mindful of how much sugar they are consuming and the lasting repercussions of too much candy.
Of course, this sweet substance can be in many different forms besides candy, like soda or granola bars. Always read nutrition labels, and if you are feeling like you want a sweet pick-me-up, opt for fresh fruit to satisfy your craving and get good sugars that your body will use for real and sustainable energy.
Remember, don’t eat too much candy this Halloween. Here are a few repercussions that consuming too much sugar can have on you.
How Much Candy Is Too Much Candy?
The American Heart Association warns against the repercussions of too much sugar and explains what the recommended amount of sugar per day is. It is recommended that men don’t consume more than 9 teaspoons of sugar, which is 36 grams of sugar. For women, the recommended amount is no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar, which is 25 grams.
This gives people an idea of what to look for on the nutrition facts panel for snacks they consume throughout the day. Check even the products that are advertised as healthy, like granola bars. Many brands of granola bars have anywhere between 8 and 25 grams of sugar. You could potentially consume all your recommended sugar for the day in one snack.
So how much candy is too much candy? Two rolls of SweeTarts twists have 13 grams of sugar, which is half of a woman’s recommended daily allowance. 4 mini KitKat bars have 17 grams of sugar, which is about half of a man’s recommended daily sugar intake.
One of the candies with the highest amount of sugar is Peeps. One package of marshmallow Monster Peeps has 23 grams of sugar. These small and yummy candies are easy to consume in large quantities and make it too easy to overdo your sugar intake this Halloween. Keep an eye on these candies and other products that may have a shocking amount of sugar, and don’t eat too much candy this Halloween.
Repercussions Of Too Much Candy
Too much candy or sugar might not give you a tummyache every time, but it will have lasting repercussions. Too much sugar is a leading cause of heart disease. Extra sugar raises blood pressure and releases more fats into the bloodstream, which then causes heart diseases. Heart diseases are very serious and can result in heart attacks or strokes.
You can’t with 100% certainty avoid these heart health complications in your life because sometimes people do get sick due to things not sugar related. But by eating less sugar, you can reduce your risk of heart disease and live your life to the fullest.
Diseases that are closely related to a high sugar intake often compound on each other to make the complications worse. For example, sugar is one of the leading causes of obesity, and being severely overweight strains your heart. So while you may not have had preexisting heart conditions, if you are severely overweight and you consume a lot of sugar, your risk of heart disease increases more.
Call MD365 for a routine visit or if you have a non-emergent health concern. We can help by finding out what is causing your pain or other problems and get you on the path to recovery. Don’t ignore the signs your body is giving you, asking for help. Contact us for an appointment so that we can help you. Don’t forget, don’t eat too much candy this Halloween.