Did you know that you consume excessive amounts of sugar in form of fructose or high fructose corn syrup alone? Just like you have been told since the day you were born sugar is bad for you, it really is. There is no denying the fact and yet we have incorporated it into our diets to an extent where it has caused a rise in obesity, aggression, skin problems and whatnot. We add it into our morning tea, coffee, sprinkle it all over our breakfast cereals and bake it into pastries, cookies and cakes.
Apart from that, we consume it in the forms of other ‘treats’ loaded with sugar such as ice creams, fruit juices, candies and soda. If I were to name the top three most damaging food for your body and mind, I will place sugar at one because of its never-ending list of harmful effects. The love with sugar is never-ending and the intense addiction is common not only amongst adults but children as well. How exactly sugar works and its negative effects on your body are discussed in detail below.
Excessive sugar and its effects on your health
The amount of sugar intake as per individual is extremely alarming and exists in every small to big meals, natural food such as fruits and processed foods that is available around every corner and shelves. What is even more surprising is people ignoring the sugar content in such foods and consuming them in excessive amounts especially in the form of fructose because it is sweeter and cheaper. Most processed foods and beverages are loaded with fructose because it is cheaper to produce and is twenty percent sweeter than regular table sugar making it a convenient option. However, our body is not made to consume excessive amounts of sugar especially in form of this element, and is metabolized differently than sugar. It is stored as fat and is even more harmful to your health. Now we all know sugar is bad but most of still don’t know why and we are here to answer that question.
Excessive sugar and its effects
Research suggests that our body can safely metabolize at least six teaspoons of sugar per day but most of us are consuming thrice as much and so our body is storing all of that as fat leading to diseases that people are struggling with. The following lists down those effects
- It taxes and damages your liver. It is surprising to know that excessive sugar and fructose both have similar effects as to how our body reacts when exposed to too much alcohol. All of it is transported to the only organ responsible for it, your liver. The after-effects are much predictable and extremely disturbing as your liver gets overloaded leading to potential harm and deterioration.
- Is stored as fat leading to weight gain and insulin resistance. As previously mentioned, fructose is metabolized differently and tricks your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite control system. It fails to stimulate insulin, which incites ghrelin (the hunger hormone) which then fails to stimulate leptin (satiety hormone) which causes you to eat more and eventually develops insulin resistance.
- Causes metabolic dysfunction. Excessive intake of sugar causes a barrage of symptoms called classic metabolic syndrome. The symptoms include weight gain, obesity, skin problems, acne, decreased HDL and increased LDL cholesterol level, inflated blood sugar, triglycerides and blood pressure providing it an atmosphere for developing serious illnesses.
- It leads to increased uric acid levels. High levels of uric acid can cause heart and kidney diseases and uric acid level is in fact used to measure fructose toxicity.
Sugar increases your risk of developing serious illnesses
Your body is at a greater risk of developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, the same disease you can get from the consumption of too much alcohol. Not only this but sugar is the main dietary factor in making one obese and poses as the risk of developing chronic illnesses.
A study found that fructose is used by cancer cells to increase proliferation. Alzheimer’s disease is linked to an excessive intake of sugar and can cause the development of this disease. Researchers believe there is a strong connection between a high-sugar diet and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease along with type-2 diabetes. Some experts suggest the reason why increased sugar intake is responsible for developing brain disorders is because of the constant burning of glucose for fuel by your brain. What is more disturbing to know is that these high brands in the processed food and beverage industry target people for their products that pose as a great threat to not only our health but our kid’s health as well as making problems like obesity and extreme mood changes and skin problems are common. Other diseases that are linked to excessive intake of sugar includes
- Heart disease
- Hormonal imbalances
- Skin problems
Where eliminating sugar completely cannot be done overnight and requires mental strength to slowly change your eating habits to that which are healthier and better. It all starts with spreading awareness and making effective health choices that you as a parent or an individual have to make every day to encourage healthier living.
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