4 Subtle Signs You’re Eating Too Much Sugar, Dietitians Say – Eat This, Not That

Many of your favorite foods and drinks contain added sugar, and sometimes it’s so sneaky that you don’t even realize you’re consuming sugary calories. Although sugar added in small amounts is generally harmless, it is high regular consumption that can contribute to certain health complications.

“Added sugar increases inflammation in the body, which in turn will manifest itself in a variety of negative side effects. This inflammation is caused by added sugar which stimulates the production of free fatty acids by the liver. These acids free fats trigger the inflammatory process in the body as it fights to stave off this production. Chronic inflammation like this is harmful to the body in the short and long term,” says Trista Best, MPH, RDLD to Balance One Supplements.

If this is happening in your body, it can start sending signals that something is wrong. Here are some of the subtle signs that you may be consuming too much added sugar in your diet.


One of the first signs you may notice in your body if you’re eating too much sugar is weight gain.

“Are you noticing a higher number on the scale? This could be because you’re eating too much sugar. High sugar levels can disrupt metabolism and damage our gut microbiome ecosystem. A healthy gut helps regulate blood glucose and insulin levels.” If you eat too much sugar, you force this ecosystem to work too much and you expect more sugar to maintain these balances. The moral of the story is that the more sugar you eat, the more your body thinks it needs it, which makes you hungrier, gain weight,” says Courtney D’Angelo, MS, RDdietitian and author at go wellness.

It is also important to note that eating foods high in sugar will not satisfy you or provide you with the nutrients your body needs.

“Added sugar is an empty calorie source, which means it provides only calories and no beneficial nutrients. Products with added sugar are higher in calories and lower in nutrients, which when are eaten often, can lead to weight gain,” says Best.

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Unfortunately, regular consumption of sugary foods and drinks can lead to pain in your body.

“Your chronic pain and stiffness may be the result of consuming too much added sugar. This is due to the inflammation that added sugar causes in the body, as it is a highly inflammatory ingredient,” says Best.

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Sweet foods will make you hungry and want more, so it’s important to notice how full you feel after a meal.

“Sugar is usually high in calories, so when you’re done eating it, your body may feel full (at least for a short time). The body burns sugar quickly because it lacks real nutrients such as protein, fiber, and healthy fats. As your body burns sugar, it accelerates hunger strikes, causing compulsive snacking, mindless eating, and ultimately more sugar,” says D’Angelo.

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And finally, eating too much sugar can contribute to higher blood pressure in some people.

“If you have noticed an increase in your blood pressure, you may be consuming too much added sugar. Added sugar increases uric acid in the body, which in turn inhibits the production of nitric oxide. nitric acid (NO) is needed to keep blood vessels flexible and when there is a decrease in NO in the body, blood pressure increases,” explains Best.

Rachel J. Bradford