Most people associate “sugar” with cookies, candies, and other desserts. While correct, we also need to consider other forms of refined simple carbohydrates including white rice, breads, bagels, and pasta. Simple carbohydrates are quickly converted into sugar in our bodies having the same effect as some of the above-mentioned sweets.
It is the biggest cause of Type 2 Diabetes:
When we eat sugar, we use it for energy then store any excess for later use. The hormone insulin is responsible for transporting excess sugar out of the blood stream and into our cells, which helps lower our blood sugar. When we eat copious amounts of sugar over and over again day after day, our body becomes resistant to insulin causing sugar to accumulate in the blood, ultimately leading to diabetes type 2.
It can impair learning and memory and has been linked to depression:
Fluctuations in blood sugar can deprive neurons (brain cells) which can cause brain fog, lightheadedness, and headaches. It can also cause an imbalance of neurotransmitters which affect mood, sleep, and energy levels.
It causes tooth decay:
Bacteria in the mouth use sugar from foods and drinks to produce acid that dissolve and damage teeth.
It impairs absorption of vital nutrients in the gut and impairs the immune system:
If you are eating excess sugar, you are most likely deprived of essential nutrients such as vitamin C, Magnesium, vitamin D, and calcium. In addition, simple sugars including glucose, table sugar, fructose, and honey cause a significant drop in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria.
It can increase the risk of heart disease:
According to Medical News Today (2017), just 3 months on a high-sugar diet alters fat metabolism in such a way that it may cause even healthy people to raise their risk of heart disease.
It makes us hungrier and causes obesity:
Ever notice that you get hungry shortly after eating a meal? That’s probably because you ate a carbohydrate, sugar-based meal. The more sugar we eat the more sugar we crave. High spikes in blood sugar cause a crash, where we crave another “sugar high” shortly after consuming sugar. This constant intake of excess calories can lead to obesity.
It increases the risk of cancer:
Research proves that cancer cells feed on sugar.
It causes an accelerated aging process and promotes acne and wrinkles:
Sugar is collagen’s natural enemy. When sugar attaches to collagen fibers it causes them to lose their strength and flexibility resulting in wrinkles, deep lines, and sagging skin.
It increases bad cholesterol:
Researchers found that people who consumed more added sugars had lower “good” cholesterol (HDL) and higher levels of triglycerides, both of which increase the risk of heart disease.
It causes inflammation, bloating, and high blood pressure:
New research has revealed that after all of these years, we may have put the blame on the wrong ingredient when it comes to hypertension. Excessive amounts of sugar, not salt, may be more strongly and directly linked to hypertension and the risk of developing cardiovascular problems.