Health & Lifestyle

10 distressing reasons why sugar is bad for you

Feeling good after eating some sweets? This could be the result of your hormones going nuts, some addiction or brain messages which signal the body that it needs sugar. The negative effects of this compelling ingredient can be shocking but are sadly real. On his website, Yuri Elkaim, considered one of the world’s most trusted health and fitness experts, touches on 17 ways sugar is detrimental to one’s health. We’ve picked ten of the most daunting for you.

1. Diabetes

This is one of the most commonly known outcomes of excess sugar. It raises the level of blood sugar so that insulin present in the body is lost when working hard to carry the excess of glucose (resulting from overconsumption of sugar) out to other fat storing cells. The more the sugar intake, the more the insulin level shrinks consequently giving rise to Type 2 diabetes.

2. Organ damage

Sugar makes up 50% of glucose and 50% of fructose whereby the latter is more destructive. Indeed, the heart, liver, brain and teeth don’t come out unscathed from this encounter. As insulin, present in the pancreas, carries unnecessary excess blood sugar to the liver, triglycerides develop along with uric acid, known to be hazardous to the liver. Combined, they overwork the liver hence causing heart disease over time. Simultaneously, indulging in foods filled with refined processed sugars deprives our brain of a protein, thus leading to reduced memory and hence Alzheimer and other forms of dementia at a later stage. Lastly, do note that sugar and your teeth are enemies. Statistics show the main reason behind tooth decay is sugar consumption.

3. Obesity

Sugar brings only calories but no minerals, fibre or vitamins which would make us feel full. Consequenlty, one tends to eat more resulting in weight gain.

4. Cancer’s little helper

Pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer as well as liver cancer emanate from sugar. Glucose is the life and source of cancerous cells.

5. Severe addiction

Sugar addiction and drug addiction is pretty much the same thing. While consuming sugar, the brain releases a burst of opioids and dopamine, same as it does for regular drugs.

6. A burst of free radicals

These are dangerous electrons that cause inflammation, cancer, and chronic diseases. Antioxidants can keep those away. But a diet rich in sugar not only promotes free radicals in your body but it also reduces antioxidant levels in the blood so that you are screwed twice.

7. Energy Drain

Sugar kills Orexin cells which keep one energetic, enthusiastic and zealous. After eating sweet foods, one may feel tired and moody.

8. Gout

Joint pain, swelling, stiffness and redness are symptoms of gout which is caused by excess uric acid in the blood cells due to your sugar (mainly fructose) intake.

9. Soaring of blood pressure

Sugar raises the triglycerides coming from the fructose in sugar. It is known that hypertension is caused by salt but in fact can be more influenced by sugar.

 10.  Old too soon

Some proteins in your body change as a result of exposure to sugars. The latter causes damage to collagen and elastin present in the skin, causing it to look, dull, wrinkly and old.