Sugar. 8 times more addictive then cocaine. Horribly debilitating but tastes so good. If there was one culprit to expanding waistlines and rapidly deteriorating health, it would be sugar. Considering that our cells depend on sugar for energy, it makes sense that we evolved an innate love for sweetness. How much sugar we consume, however—as well as how it enters the body and where we get it from in the first place—has changed dramatically over time.
We add sugar in one form or another to the majority of processed foods we eat—everything from bread, cereals, crunchy snacks and desserts to soft drinks, juices, salad dressings and sauces—and we are not too stingy about using it to sweeten many raw and whole foods as well.
By consuming so much sugar we are in fact poisoning ourselves, according to a group of doctors, nutritionists and biologists. Sugar, they argue, poses far greater dangers than cavities and love handles; it is a toxin that harms our organs and disrupts the body's usual hormonal cycles. Excessive consumption of sugar is one of the primary causes of the obesity epidemic and metabolic disorders like diabetes, as well as a culprit of cardiovascular disease.
Americans eat most of their sugar in two main forms: table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. On average, people eat between 100 and 150 grams of sugar each day. Drinking a soda or binging on ice cream floods our intestines and liver with large amounts of loose fructose. In contrast, the fructose in an apple does not reach the liver all at once. All the fiber in the fruit—such as cellulose that only our gut bacteria can break down—considerably slows digestion.
So why eat less sugar? Because super sugary, energy-dense foods with little nutritional value are one of the main ways we consume more calories than we need. The fact is that many of our favorite desserts, snacks, cereals and especially our beloved sweet beverages inundate the body with far more sugar than it can efficiently metabolize. "If someone is gaining weight, they should look to sugars as a place to cut back," says Dr. Sievenpiper of St. Michaels Hospital of Toronto.
Still not convinced? Take a look at some of the risk factors of sugar:
- Sugar can suppress your immune system.
- Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.
- Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.
- Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.
- Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
- Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
- Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
- Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins (HDL).
- Sugar can lead to chromium deficiency.
- Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum, cause endometrial cancer, endometrial cancer, increases the risk of stomach cancer, small intestine cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, laryngeal cancer, pancreatic cancer in women.
- Sugar causes copper deficiency.
- Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.
- Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
- Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
- Sugar can cause premature aging.
- Sugar can cause tooth decay.
- Sugar can lead to obesity.
- Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Sugar can cause arthritis.
- Sugar can cause learning disorders in school children.
- Sugar assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
- Sugar can cause gallstones.
- Sugar can cause heart disease.
- Sugar can cause appendicitis.
- Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
- Sugar can cause varicose veins.
- Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
- Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood.
- Sugar can decrease the amount of growth hormones in the body.
- Sugar can increase cholesterol.
- Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
- Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
- Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
- Sugar can make the skin wrinkle by changing the structure of collagen.
- Sugar can cause cataracts.
- Sugar intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.
- Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
- Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
- Sugar can increase the risk of developing gout.
- Sugar can cause two blood proteins – albumin and lipoproteins – to function less effectively, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
- Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance – some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.
- Sugar can lead to a substantial decrease in the length of pregnancy among adolescents.
- Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
- Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.
- Sugar can aggravate premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD).
- Sugar can induce cell death.
- Sugar dehydrates newborns.
- Sugar can cause women to give birth to babies with low birth weight.
- Sugar is a risk factor in.
- Sugar causes constipation.
- Sugar can cause brain decay in pre-diabetic and diabetic women.
- Sugar increases the chances of getting irritable bowl syndrome.
- Sugar can cause liver tumors.
- Sugar can increase inflammatory markers in the bloodstreams of overweight people.
- Sugar plays a role in the cause and the continuation of acne.
- Sugar can ruin the sex life of both men and women by turning off the gene that controls the sex hormones.
- Sugar causes inflammation.
- Sugar can cause diverticulitis, a small bulging sac pushing outward from the colon wall that is inflamed.
- Sugar can decrease testosterone production.
- Sugar impairs spatial memory.
- Sugar can cause cataracts.
- Sugar is associated with higher rates of chronic bronchitis in adults.
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