Yes, sugar is delicious and tempting and even comforting. But it’s also deadly for your health, your waistline, and your mind.

Not only does it cause the obvious problems like tooth decay, but sugar is also linked to impaired brain function, depression and anxiety, cancer and heart disease.

Despite all these obvious ill effects, many Americans are still consuming up to five times the amount of sugar that’s recommended by the American Heart Association. This means women are eating up to 30 teaspoons of sugar per day, while men eat up to 45 teaspoons!

That’s pretty gross when you think about it.

Of course, they’re probably not sitting down eating spoon after spoon of white sugar, but in today’s society, hidden sugar is lurking everywhere. In fact, it’s found in 75% of packaged foods purchased in the United States.

Why not find out how much hidden sugar you’re consuming every day? See these everyday foods that are terrible for your health.

It might just shock you.

And it’s not just those with a sweet tooth that are at risk of overdoing it on the sugar. If you’re filling up on bread, pasta, chips and fries, it means you’re simply consuming sugar in another form. Starchy foods are broken down by the body into simple sugars and cause all the same problems that candy does, particularly when over eaten.

The bottom line is, sugar is not your friend so banish it from your diet. Sure, it will mean reading labels, forsaking some of your favorite treats and even making meals from scratch.

But when you read on and discover these seven amazing things that happen when you quit sugar, I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it’s totally worth it.