Excess sugar

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bebeisfit
bebeisfit Posts: 951 Member
I love candy and all baked goods. When the Easter bunny arrived as a child, I ate my whole chocolate bunny before anyone else was even awake. I dtill struggle with moderation and can't stop myself from overdoing it.

Yesterday my roommate said she was starting a detox from sugar for the next 3 weeks starting today. So she bought a bunch of candy while we grocery shopping and said it was her last hurrah. I ate a good amount myself and today my knees are hurting while I work out.

Is their a connection between sugar and joint pain.?

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  • tmbg1
    tmbg1 Posts: 1,335 Member
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    I googled it and there are a lot of articles on the subject. It looks like sugar can increase joint pain.
  • blackburn23
    blackburn23 Posts: 385 Member
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    Yes! Sugar can contribute to higher levels of inflammation. I have fibromyalgia, arthritis, and type 2 diabetes. I have read and researched so much over the years, and one thing that always stands out as a way to help fight inflammation is to watch and reduce your sugar intake. Hope this helps!
  • ridiculous59
    ridiculous59 Posts: 2,865 Member
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    My husband is bothered with a touch of arthritis in his hands so I've been reading about this too. Don't forget that carbs are turned into glucose (sugar) when you digest them. So a diet high in simple carbs like white rice, pasta, and white bread may also contribute to inflamation.
  • CeeBeeSlim
    CeeBeeSlim Posts: 1,297 Member
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    Wow I never knew that! And can someone explain inflammation? Is it the same as pain? Do you feel “inflamed?” I never quite got that!
  • ridiculous59
    ridiculous59 Posts: 2,865 Member
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    CeeBeeSlim wrote: »
    Wow I never knew that! And can someone explain inflammation? Is it the same as pain? Do you feel “inflamed?” I never quite got that!

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/how-to-use-food-to-help-your-body-fight-inflammation/art-20457586
  • CeeBeeSlim
    CeeBeeSlim Posts: 1,297 Member
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    @ridiculous59 Thank you. Anyone take tumeric for this?
  • losemicaroline
    losemicaroline Posts: 742 Member
    edited March 2021
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    Oh, gee. @bebeisfit--I can relate to the bunny story. Sugar is my kryptonite. I've been overweight since infancy; I remember my mother giving me hot jello water in my bottle. (She didn't know any better at the time.) A pre-detox sugar binge (for me), would certainly slow down or obliterate any benefits of the subsequent "detox."

    I fell hard off the wagon recently and ate a large box of high-class, expensive, chocolate gummy bears while sitting in a parking lot, and it messed me up for weeks. The sad part is, I didn't enjoy a single bite after I took the first one.

    Anecdotally, I can attest that the data about inflammation and sugar is true. I have found that using anti-inflammatory spices, such as tumeric, ginger, cinammon, and all those other nice, warm spices help alleviate the pain of arthritis and allow me to arise most mornings without the pain I experience when I eat sugar and the type of carbs mentioned by @ridiculous59.

    Tossing a little tumeric or curry powder on a squash when baking it results in a surprisingly sweet flavor. It's good in stir-fries, too. I add cinammon and cocoa nibs to my oatmeal, chia pudding or stewed fruit, and it helps satisfy my sugar cravings. It also helps with digestion, but that's another story.

    Hope everyone has a beautiful day!

    Carol
  • bebeisfit
    bebeisfit Posts: 951 Member
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    Thanks everyone. I'm doing my best to limit candy although I did eat a box of reese's pieces yesterday.

    My roommate is 5 days without sugar and surprisingly I'm more grumpy than she is. Lol

    She made energy bites made with dates, walnuts and cocoa powder that were pretty tasty.

    I like the addition of spices..cinnamon in my oatmeal is good but I haven't made it in a while.

    Maybe I'll try to make one of those golden drinks with tumeric.