Sugar Intake, Performance & Productivity

Written by: Kim Kunaawathy

 

Sugar is a form of carbohydrate that is present in a variety of foods. It has very little nutritious value of its own. But, did you know there are different types of sugar? 

Natural sugar is present in whole fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy products. These sugars are not hazardous to our health. Free sugar (added sugar like syrups) is the kind of sugar that is advised to be consumed in moderation. 

Too much sugar consumption can lead to numerous health complications. According to an article, too much sugar can lead to obesity, acne, heart attack, and many ther complications. Obesity, high blood pressure, and inflammation are all increased by consuming too much-refined sugar. High-sugar diets have been attributed to an elevated chance of heart disease death.  

We all have been there, halfway through the daycraving for a soda or candy while we’re working. But, did you know that it actually could interrupt your productivity?  

According to an article, after consuming large amount of carbohydrates, especially simple sugars such as cake and ice cream, you can experience a crash. Sugar crashes get us distracted during the day, resulting in loss of creativity and focus. Usual signs include confusion, irrational behavior, failure to perform regular activities, and blurred vision.  

Because of their heightened exposure to fluctuating sugar levels, people with diabetes can have more severe symptoms such as lack of consciousness, seizures, or coma if the crash is severe enough. Some of the symptoms you may experience are dizziness, headache, discomforts, and many more. 

Although too much of it will cause serious health issuesconsuming it in a moderate amount has benefits. For example, cocoa flavanols have been shown to increase cognitive function. They have been shown in studies to develop reasoning abilities independent of cognitive disability. Stick to dark chocolate that has been minimally refined for the best mental boost. Choosing dark chocolate flavored with berries will give you an additional boost in flavor. 

If you have a sweet tooth, this is for you. Two sweet-receptor genes can predict the intensity of your sweet tooth. Sugar stimulates our brain’s pleasure source, resulting in a surge of dopamine. This will immediately trigger a euphoric sensation (pleasure and excitement). Again, do bear in mind a moderate amount will do.  

Like any food consumption, sugar too must be taken in a moderate amount.  

Be mindful of what you consume and lead a healthy lifestyle.