Everyone has their favorite candy and sweets! Chocolate, gummies, lollipops. Everyone loves a sweet treat now and again. But can you imagine what it would be like
if you could eat your favorite treats for a week straight? The average american consumes about 22 teaspoons
of added sugar per day. Added means anything that’s not naturally
in foods. But the American Heart Association recommends
that you limit your added sugar to only 6 teaspoon for women and 9 teaspoons for men! But why? Sugar tastes so good! Wouldn’t a full week of nothing but sugar
be fun? Sugar is made of sucrose, a simple carbohydrate
that has calories your body needs to burn for energy. Sucrose once ingested is broken down by an
enzyme in the body into two parts: Glucose and Fructose. The glucose passes through the liver and then
is sent directly to the cells in the body and burned for energy. The fructose gets broken down and used for
energy but is also stored in fat cells called adipocytes. Sugar in high enough doses can be toxic to
the body. The dose depends on how much you weigh! The average adult in the US weighs about 180
pounds and about 13.5 grams of sugar per pound is the deadly dose. That’s around 5.4 pounds of sugar or 262
pieces of candy. But it would be difficult to consume all that
sugar at once! So what about having it spread out over several
days? The first 1-3 days won’t be that bad, you
won’t notice much difference in your mood. However you will be hungry! Because sugar is really just a carbohydrate
it doesn’t have any of the fat, protein, vitamins or minerals that your body needs
to function. Sugar not only tastes good but when you eat
it your body tells you that it wants more. When you consume it, the sugar spikes insulin
levels and hormones that trigger a reward center in your brain. As the sugar gets broken down that feeling
fades away and your body just craves more and more. In other words, sugar is addictive! But because it’s just a simple carbohydrate,
it’s not nourishing so it just makes you hungry. So the first thing you’ll notice is that
the candy tastes great but you’ll still be ravenous all the time. By the 4th day you might start to feel a little
fatigued, have some trouble concentrating at normally easy tasks and most of all… You’ll be really, really hungry! Eating nothing else but sugar deprives your
body of essential vitamins and nutrients. So over time your red blood cell count will
plummet, scurvy can set in due to lack of vitamin C, and it will eventually start to
rot your teeth. All this won’t happen by day 5 but you will
definitely start to feel some of the effects of a nutrient deficient diet. You’ll start to have trouble sleeping, you’ll
feel weak, fatigued, and your concentration will only get worse. Not to mention the stomach problems. Since you’re not getting any fiber, you’ll
begin to have some serious bathroom blues. You might even suffer from some very painful
stomach aches. By day 7 you’ll be downright sluggish, and
eating the candy and sugar will only make you more hungry! It will be difficult to walk because your
legs will be shaking from lack of strength, you’ll be more tired than ever and your
cognitive functioning will be absolutely shot! You could probably survive on sugar for a
month or two if you had access to clean water as well, but you won’t feel good. Other symptoms will begin to creep up and
the symptoms you’ve already experienced will only continue to get worse. Sugar will begin to ruin your teeth by destroying
the good bacteria in your mouth, it will wreak havoc on your brain and digestive system,
and it can trigger some pretty deadly diseases including heart disease, diabetes and even
cancer. But let’s say you’re not eating only candy,
one of the big problems with our modern diets is that sugar is in a LOT of other foods besides
candy. It’s in ketchup, pastas, salad dressings,
and even a lot of premade savory dishes you wouldn’t expect like pizza and pad Thai! Most people have WAY too much sugar in their
diet and are feeling some of the bad side effects even without eating only sugar for
a week straight! But is there any kind of sugar that is okay
for you? Naturally occurring sugars in fruits are better
for you because they also come with vitamins, nutrients and fiber… But in the end this sugar has the same effect
on the body as refined added sugars… So consume everything, even fruit in moderation! So will you die from eating sugar for a week
straight? No, probably not, however you aren’t going
to feel good. And the worst part? After a week of candy, you might never want
to eat candy again! Remember, it’s a treat for a reason.