Eating too much ‘free sugar’ has 45 negative health effects, study finds

“In a large review of 73 meta-analyses — which included 8,601 studies — high consumption of added sugar was associated with significantly higher risks of 45 negative health outcomes, including diabetes, gout, obesity, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, cancer, asthma, tooth decay, depression and early death.”

This study isn’t really telling us anything new. I think we’ve known know for years that sugar is bad for you.  Cutting sugar is probably one of the lowest hanging fruit for improving your health. The problem? It’s not easy and takes a real commitment to make a change.

For me participating in the Whole30 diet was the first time that I made a conscious decision to remove sugar from my diet. After the 30 days on the diet, I noticed that when I tried sweet things like ice cream afterwards, they tasted really sweet to me. Too sweet for me to enjoy. Since the diet, I try to only eat sweets if they are meaningful to me. I’ll eat birthday cake at a party or a dessert at a nice restaurant. The key for me is to try to eliminate the mindless eating.