It is no secret that excessive sugar consumption is bad for your overall health. And snacks that you eat may be the biggest culprit yet. How do you snack mindfully and how is sugar bad for your health. Let us find out with a series of questions and answers.

Can snacking be bad for my health?
Snacking in itself is not a bad habit. Ideally, you should snack only to take the edge off your hunger in between meal times without exceeding the required caloric intake. While snacking with care can boost your intake of essential nutrients and lead to health benefits, careless or impulsive snacking can lead to serious and long term health risks. The obvious downside of careless snacking is that it can provide you with daily energy requirement without actually providing nutritional benefits, which in turn will lead to the risk of heart disease, weight gain and even tooth decay. Unfortunately, the snacks that we consume today are high in added sugar and refined carbohydrate which packs a lot of calories with little nutritional value.

How exactly does my sugar intake affect my overall health?
Sugar is a calorie-dense substance which in layman’s terms means that you can consume a lot of sugar in soft drinks and sweet snacks. In other words, sugar packs a lot of calories. If you keep on adding calories on top of your nutritious diet then you are at risk of weight gain. The other disadvantage of sugar is that it can replace more nutritious food intakes which will lead to a poor lipid (fats) profile. Poor lipid profiles leads to increased risk of heart disease, especially if you have gained weight. Tooth decay is another health issue associated with excessive sugar consumption.

In a nutshell, while sugar rich snacks and drinks are a pleasure to consume, their impact on your health is not worth the risk.

How do I choose to eat well and avoid too much sugar?
If your sweet tooth craves indulgence, consider switching to naturally sweet fruits, dairy products and even dairy substitutes like soy milk to satisfy your taste buds without compromising your health and wellbeing. Instead of eating sugar rich food items, try to ease your hunger pangs with healthier food options. If you need further assistance, ask your health care provider to recommend a healthy diet.