Presently, the average consumption of sugar by an individual per year is about 55 pounds; the content is more in industrialized countries reaching up to 77 pounds. Sugar itself is contradictory with most research done coming out either factual or inconclusive and unfinished. However, many articles and journals have published information on the harmful effects of sugar on the body.
So What Are The Harmful Effects Of Sugar?
Industrially refined sugar, is often the culprit when it comes to the harmful effects of sugar and we are consuming more of it presently compared to the past. For instance:
Many processed foods are laced with sugar, in one form or another. If you go to a store and look at every processed food labels, I am sure you’ll find sugar or its synonym in the ingredients. All in all refined sugar contains:
- no nutrients
- no healthy fats
- no proteins and,
- no enzymes
Refined sugar put stress on the liver; the fructose concentration cannot be converted to glucose to provide energy since it is full of glycogen and is in turn converted to fats. This puts one at risk of developing diabetes type 2 and also becoming obese. Additionally, some of these stored fats fail to get shipped out of the liver, and its accumulation causes a condition known as Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, a disease that was rare before 1980.
Other Harmful Effects Of Sugar Include:
- Increases Bad Cholesterol (LDL) levels in our bodies and Triglycerides deposition in our blood vessels, since high fructose levels promote storage of fats. The body will deposit fats all over organs including the blood vessels.
- Contributes to Leptin Resistance, followed by weight gain, sleep deprivation, and unhealthy cravings.
- Sugar increases your appetite making you eat more. Sugar consumption spikes your blood glucose levels causing you to feel cravings and snack more, continuously. These unhealthy cravings and poor eating habits soon impact your sleep cycles negatively, both of which causes weight gain.
- Sugar creates an addictive response to the brain. Sugar turns you into an addict. You may not have realized it, mostly because sugar is not classified as a drug, however, just like with other street drugs, i.e., heroin, crack, and meth’, sugar turns you into a junkie. Sugar triggers the release of brain chemicals that stimulate the pleasure center, people then develop a tolerance for sugar, needing more of it for a feel-good “fix.”
- Sugar makes your organs fat. The fructose in refined sugars triggers your body to store more fat in weird places, heart, kidney, liver, and the skin.
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Sugar indeed is a strange compound, more so the industrially refined one has all its nutrients that served to balance out or negate the harmful aspects, removed. Removing all forms of refined sugars, i.e., high fructose, corn syrup, and maple syrup from your diet will go a long way to promote your health and well-being.
Since industrially refined sugar is devoid of important micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and fiber), getting your hands on unrefined sugar is the better option. Though it might not taste as sweet; it is but a small price to pay for added nutrition value. You can also substitute all your sugar with honey.
If you have decided to kick sugar all together, The 21-Day Sugar Detox is a clear-cut, effective, whole-foods-based nutrition action plan that will reset your body and your habits. The 21-Day Sugar Detox Cookbook, a companion to The 21-Day Sugar Detox program guidebook will help keep you inspired as you blow your cravings for sugar and carbs to smithereens.