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Consuming Excess Sugar Is Even Worse During COVID-19: 3 Ways to Cut Down Your Intake

It is a fact that this year has been beyond stressful, and one of the ways that people sought to cope with the stress was turning to food.

A study at the Ball State University reveals that 31% out of 389 respondents confirmed that the Coronavirus pandemic has increased the level of stress among pupils, which had a bad effect on their eating behavior and significantly decreased the quality of their diet.

Shutterstock | Boredom caused many people to eat without limits

It was also noticed that the people who had been reported having unhealthy meals regularly endured essentially higher stress levels.

So why is excess sugar so dangerous during this time?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found out that adults having basic medical conditions have a high risk of sustaining severe illness that may include ICU admissions, mechanical or intubation ventilation, hospitalization, or even death from the COVID-19 virus.

These are the conditions that are related to the diet that causes a higher risk of severe illness:

Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Obesity

Severe obesity

Heart conditions

Shutterstock |Adults are more prone to getting illnesses

Things you can do to cut sugar out

It is recommended by the American Heart Association that men should intake a max of 9 teaspoons of sugar in a day, whereas women should only have 6 teaspoons.

Here are some tips for cutting sugar out of your diet if you want to help yourself reach this goal.

  1. Learn Your Triggers

Make sure you remember the time you grab a snack. If you are sitting at home and every day at around 3 pm you find yourself feeling bored or wanting to eat something, instead of grabbing a piece of candy, go for frozen grapes- healthy and still delicious. You should learn your triggers- what are the places, moments, or people that make you crave sugar.

  1. Remove Tempting Food Items from Your Kitchen

Remove all the items from your kitchen that are unhealthy to prevent binge eating. Exchange all the candies with foods that are nutritious and healthy.

Shutterstock | Get rid of all sugary items from your pantry

  1. Plan Your Meals

According to research carried out by nutritionists, meals that are regulated help prevent binge eating. Doctors recommend planning your meals in advance, how you will prepare them, and the time you will eat it. It is good to eat your meals every 3 to 5 hours throughout your day.

Bottom Line

Succumbing to the wants of your sweet tooth can get you into a lot of health-related problems if you don’t learn to control it or look for healthier substitutes to calm those cravings. Remember, you are what you eat, and if you eat too much of the wrong stuff, your body will ensure that you realize your mistakes.

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