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Palpitations when eating sugar

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 19, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Hi All,

Considering how much sugar I ate before going paleo, I never noticed any physiologic effect of it. Has anyone else noticed that if they have something sugary (say a cupcake from CRUMBS) that for a few hours after they feel an intense sympathetic response almost as if one had drunk a strong cup of coffee?

I know many reactions to sugar splurges have been previously discussed. But I am talking more about a dysphoria than anything like say a canker sore.

Thanks for your thoughts, Mike

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on August 23, 2012
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O m g I just had some honey on my eggs this morning and had palpitations. :(. I thought I needed more cabs. I also had a banana in my eggs. Too much sugar? That's hardly any at all! (Compared to before). Or am I really dying lol??

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on February 09, 2012
at 01:21 AM

THIS JUST HAPPENED TO ME. Ugh, I hate this feeling. You're so right, it's like having too much caffeine.

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on November 20, 2010
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Eva, same here. Dates and figs send my pulse, and blood sugar through the roof. Much less noticable with starches or tubers.

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on November 19, 2010
at 10:36 PM

You ought to like Robb Wolf's explanation of the science behind it in this week's podcast (question 3): http://robbwolf.com/2010/11/16/the-paleo-solution-episode-54/ . Here's the show notes: http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/The_Paleo_Solution_Episode_54.pdf

Love how the "caller" describes his binge: "So I was at a location where they had halloween candy and i, thought to myself, F-it, Im going for it. So i had probably ten pieces of your standard garbage of the world halloween size (small) candy bars and roughly 1/3 of a coca-cola. then i almost died i think. i went pale, i couldnt even handle sitting down, i had to go outside, where it was raining, and lay down for about ten minutes. vision was going away, breathing was hard. calling 911 entered my thoughts. then was able to get up and throw up, went and ate some meat and felt better."

Embarrassing, but I think a lot of us have been there...

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on August 23, 2012
at 01:54 PM

O m g I just had some honey on my eggs this morning and had palpitations. :(. I thought I needed more cabs. I also had a banana in my eggs. Too much sugar? That's hardly any at all! (Compared to before). Or am I really dying lol??

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on November 20, 2010
at 01:52 AM

For years, I've noticed if I pound down a bunch of sugar, I suddenly feel very hot for a few minutes. The reaction is almost immediate. It's actually not super unpleasant or anything, but I try to avoid it for health reasons. I haven't had it for a long time now on paleo, but a while back, I got it again after eating a few dates at a paleo picnic. I haven't had it from any other fruit though. I usually only get it from processed sugary foods. Starch alone won't do it. There has got to be sugar involved.

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on November 20, 2010
at 09:50 PM

Eva, same here. Dates and figs send my pulse, and blood sugar through the roof. Much less noticable with starches or tubers.

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on November 19, 2010
at 10:26 PM

Absolutely. I consisted mainly on sweets, fruit, carbs, and heavy craft beers before discovering Paleo. Been Paleo now for 8-9 months. If I have too much dark chocolate, a beer (very infrequent), or some fruit, I feel a heavy pulse sensation for a few hours after. Don't like it much, lol.

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on November 19, 2010
at 11:51 PM

Over sugared for me is very much like over caffeinated. I get spazzy and can feel my pulse quicken. I don't know if I would call it palpitations though.

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