We’ve all heard “Not too much sugar,” but what happens when you do have too much?

Just recently, Gatorade announced that it would be creating a sugar-free drink for the first time in its 53 year history. This may not be very exciting news to you, but it should be. Gatorade is the drink of all sports. If you turn on the tv to watch a game of any kind, chances are you’re going to see Gatorade somewhere. But why is Gatorade just now creating a sugar-free drink? Why is that important?

Sales are down 0.5% from last year, according to CNN Money. The reason?? Athletes are turning away from the drink because of its sugar content. Athletes are noticing that there are other drinks out there that don’t have the side effects that Gatorade does. What are the side effects of sugar? Are they really that bad??

Did you know that sugar can increase your risk of getting cancer, heart disease, acne, diabetes, depression, and other illnesses? Sugar kills. Literally. Healthline did an article about sugar and its health risks. They explained that sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas, juices and sweet teas are loaded with fructose, a type of simple sugar. Consuming fructose increases your hunger and desire for food more than glucose, the main type of sugar found in starchy foods. Additionally, excessive fructose consumption may cause resistance to leptin, an important hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating. So basically, sugar is the main cause for overeating, which in turn causes obesity, which can, in turn, cause heart disease and cancer, leading to death. That might sound morbid, and I’m not saying that drinking a Gatorade is going to kill you, but the sugar adds up.

Sugar-free means a healthy you and a happy you. Not only does sugar have physical side effects, but it also increases your risk of developing depression. Blood sugar fluctuations and other dysregulated functions in your brain all come with sugar, which can lead to depression. Something as simple as changing what you eat can completely change your mood towards everything. Don’t you want to be happy and be healthy? Think about that and be mindful when choosing your food.

Going sugar-free is just another step to becoming a healthier, better you. Not only can you stop your overeating and constant hunger, but you can also be happy. Being happy is a huge stress reliever for you and those surrounding you. So next time you think about stopping for that one scoop of ice cream, think about it. Is it worth it?

Be healthy and be happy.

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