What if I wore to tell you that giving into your sugar cravings can actually be a good thing? So, when you pass by the donut shop and you start picking out which flavour you would have right now, you can actually go in and buy it, die be damned!
It turns out that a sugary snack is that one thing your brain needs and wants to function better. Even though you may not think so (and we know that sugar is just empty calories and totally not good for you), your brain believes that the presence of glucose in your body is a normal thing and, often times, is sending you signs, in the form of cravings, to eat something sweet.
As Gary L.Wenk, Ph.D. author of Your Brain on Food explains it, sugar aids the brain in producing several chemicals, such as acetylcholine, that further help you pay attention and learn things faster, as well as concentrate better on your tasks.
In addition to this, glucose is actually the main source of energy for the body, and the brain is the body part that takes up most of it as it has most of the functions. As the glucose levels in the blood go down, so do your abilities to think, remember things and be your best productive self.
So, donuts are good right?
Not entirely. There is a downside to extreme fructose consumption, where the effects can be the exact opposite of what just one donut can do. A UCLA study found that a high levels of sugar in your diet can lead to slowing down the brain. So besides too much and not enough what is the right quantity of sugar a day?
Most sources indicate to somewhere at 25 grams, but your diet should consist of natural glucose goods rather than synthetic sugar. This means a donut is probably not the best thing for you to consume daily, though let’s not go as far as adopting a straight-edge lifestyle. Limiting your sugar intake will be good for your health, your body and your mind.
With all this processed information, let’s see what you can actually eat per day so that your functions are as they should be:
- 2 bananas
- 1 and ½ apples
- 6 cups (100g) of cranberries
- 1 medium coconut
- Less than 2 cups of grapes
- 14 lemons
- 2 small papayas
- 1 and ½ pears
- 3 medium slices of pineapple
- 40 medium strawberries
- 1 slice of watermelon
Now if you’re wondering (which I bet you are): a medium chocolate donut (100g) has 27 grams of sugar and a jelly donut has 21 grams, so it can safely be your daily glucose intake, if you only stick to one.
Can you handle not taking seconds?