Sugar is highly addictive and detrimental to ones health and body.
While a healthy diet would contain a significant amount of naturally occurring sugar (in fruits and grains, for example), the problem is that we’re chronically consuming much more added sugar in processed foods, generally in the rapidly absorbed form of fructose.
Overeating, fatigue, headaches, poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression, heart disease, diabetes, obesity have all been linked in research to the over-consumption of sugar.
Some effects sugar has on your body include:
- Causing glucose levels to spike and plummet, leading to cravings which begins the cycle of false hunger. mood swings, fatigue and headaches. Those who avoid sugar have a stable blood-sugar, making them generally more emotionally balanced energised, and experience fewer craving.
- Foods that quickly affect blood sugar contribute to a greater risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. (Some suggest that it contributes to various forms of cancer too.)
- Excess glucose in the body feeds bacteria and yeast, causing these organisms to build up and cause infections, interfering with the way your body fights disease.
- Refining starches and other carbohydrates can rob foods of their chromium supplies, a trace mineral that helps regulate blood sugar in the body.
- Proteins with sugar from the blood stream, causes the skin to lose elasticity and leads to premature aging.
- When sugar sits on your teeth, it causes decay more efficiently than any other food.
- Heart disease has been shown to develop from chronic infections, like those that result from dental problems.
- Stress hormones begin to compensate for the crash after you eat a sweet snack, by raising your blood sugar. This is the same bodily response to the reaction to stress, by releasing large amounts of hormones. This brings about unexplained anxiousness, irritability, and even shakiness.
- Sugar takes the place of important nutrients, especially vitamins A, C, B-12, and calcium.
Too much added sugar can crowd healthier foods from a person’s diet and has well-known links to weight-gain and cavities. Sugar-sweetened beverages such as fizzy drinks (sodas), energy drinks, and sports drinks are by far the biggest sources of added sugar in most diets. These account for more than one-third of the added sugar consumed. Other important sources include biscuits, cakes, pastries, and similar treats; fruit drinks; ice cream, frozen yogurt and the like; sweets; and ready-to-eat cereals.
Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can raise blood pressure. A high-sugar diet may also stimulate the liver to dump more harmful fats into the bloodstream. Both factors are known to boost heart disease risk.
A diet high in added sugars may raise your risk of dying of heart disease, even if you aren’t overweight.
The negative effects of sugar on your body and mind make it prudent to be careful when choosing foods.