Most people know that sugar doesn’t really gives us much benefits to be healthy and how detrimental it is to our overall health. That is why, many people tend to avoid consuming sugar in their diet. Sugar when moderately taken in the right quantity is not really a danger to our health, but once it is consumed in excess amount, it can then posed a threat to our health as it can develop harmful effects on our metabolism and contributes to many types of diseases.
I know that there are a lot of people who likes to consume ‘’treats’’ on a daily basis such as cakes, sodas, ice cream, chocolates and all processed foods, and who doesn’t ? When sugary foods like these are hard to resists and are as much addictive, as these ‘sweets’ tend to give a mouthful, appetizing and delicious taste, as well as a satisfying result especially when we are on a lot of stress, that would definitely relieves and reduce it. Sure it is hard to resist, but we can’t argue the fact that too much of sugary foods doesn’t do us any good in return, as sugar is one of the most damaging substances one can consume, with that said, imagine if you take an excess amount of it in just one day? Do you think you would be able to live a healthy lifestyle when you can’t cut out your sugar intake in your diet? Of course not.
So what does sugar do to our body? And why is it bad to take too much of it? Below, are some of the reasons why.
- Weight Gain
For a number of reasons, added sugar in most foods which are found in sweetened beverages, chocolates, candies, and baked goods are one of the factors in weight gain, as an excess amount of sugar in your favorite foods are high in calories while offering few nutrients that our body needs to function well. When you consume more sugar than what your body can typically use for energy, its excess will be then converted into fatty acids and stored as body fat.
- Can cause diabetes
Daily consumption of excess sugar can lead to the risk of chronic health conditions such as Type II Diabetes, which triggers because of the impact fructose has on our liver and the linked of excess body weight we gain from too much sugar intake to this certain health condition. According to “PubMed Central”, from the ‘National Institutes of Health’, that by just drinking one sugar-sweetened beverage per day, it increases our risk of diabetes by 13%. So you might as well limit your daily dose of soda’s or even beverage that isn’t soda but is high in sugar amount to reduce the risk of developing type II diabetes. The ‘World Health Organization’ recommends a consumable amount of no more than 10% of your daily calories from added sugars that are not naturally found in food
- Causes Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is linked to sugar intake as sugar creates a dangerous cycle of insulin resistance and a high fructose diet and a poor insulin control will likely increase the developing risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders because of the constant burning of glucose for fuel by the brain.
- Increased risk of heart diseases
Excess sugar is linked to many types of diseases and weight gain which contributes to heart disease as being overweight increases the blood pressure on our heart, as well as an increase in high cholesterol and of course high blood sugar. So the higher the amount of added sugar that we take, the more it increases the chances of getting heart disease, because According to ‘’Dr. Hu and his colleagues from JAMA Internal Medicine’’ over the course of his 15-year study, found that people who got 17% to 21% of their calories from added sugar had a 38% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who consumed 8% of their calories as added sugar.
5. Tooth Decay, Gum disease & other Dental problems
With all the other life-threatening effects of sugar, we sometimes forget the most basic damage it does to our health, and that is to cause damage to our dental health as too much glucose or sugar in our blood can cause pain, infections and other problems we encounter in our mouth. That includes our teeth, gums, tongue and jaw. Remember when you were a lot younger and you used to eat ‘treats’ and your parents warned you about brushing your teeth, and why is that? It’s because overtime after eating foods that contains sugar, it stays on the teeth and can cause plaque which creates decay to the teeth, as well as gum disease more efficiently than any other food substance. For those who don’t know, when saliva, food and fluids have combined which is ‘Plaque’, it contains bacteria that forms along the gum line and in between our teeth, So whenever we ate sweetened foods, the sugars can cause the bacteria to release acids that attacks tooth’s enamel and when the enamel breaks down, cavities can develop which then contributes to gum disease and tooth decay.
To conclude it all, even if we know that sugar is hard to resist as it is always found through most foods we eat and plays an important part with the taste of our foods, and since most of us couldn’t necessary resist not having to put sugar on these foods, we have to be mindful of the things that we consume to not exceed the amount of sugary intake we put in our body. We can always enjoy eating our favorite sweets and treats in moderation if we can’t totally cut down sugar in our diet, as well as eating healthier foods and making healthier choices overall to still have a balanced diet and live a healthy and wonderful lifestyle.
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