5 Ways That Sugar is Killing You

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We always have those sweet cravings every now and then, which is a good thing. However, eating sweet foods isn’t a healthy practice. In fact, in recent studies and research conducted, the consumption of sugar is deadly. You might ask – Deadly? How come?

What makes sugar harmful?

Sugar contains glucose and fructose. Unlike glucose, fructose is metabolized exclusively (almost) by the liver. When liver is full of glycogen, it is overloaded with fructose that is later turned into fats. This fat can lodge in the liver and when the liver is fatty, it causes insulin resistance which then leads to an elevated insulin level in the body. This then can cause harm to a lot of people and may cause metabolic problems. As a result, it raises the risk of having type II diabetes and heart diseases.

Sugar is bad for your teeth

Have you ever heard your mom tell you to brush your teeth after eating candies? Guess what, she’s right and I will remind you again. Sugar is bad for your teeth because they have no nutrients. There are no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals in them either. They have no value at all except for one; they provide food for bad bacteria in your mouth. So if you don’t brush your teeth after every meal, expect that sugar is deposited in your teeth.

Sugar can damage your liver

Excessive amount of fructose in the liver turns into fat and is then shipped out as VLDL cholesterol particles. While there are fats that get out of the liver, not all of them can. When this becomes excess, it eventually becomes one of the reasons why there are metabolic diseases. People who consume sugar 2-3 times than the normal level can eventually lead to fatty liver and can cause to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Sugar can cause cancer

As one of the many leading diseases today, cancer is characterized by uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells. An elevated insulin levels (as result of high sugar consumption) have been reported to contribute to cancer. Because of this, metabolic problems associated with sugar consumption can result to inflammations and other causes of cancer. People who consume high amounts of sugar are much at risk of getting cancer than those who don’t.

Sugar affects the brain and hormones in the body

The food we eat can affect our body, hormones and brain differently. According to studies, fructose doesn’t have the same kind of effect on our appetite as glucose do. It doesn’t lower the hunger hormone ghrelin like glucose either. The sugar we get from food can increase our calorie intake and over time, this sugar affects our moods and brain activity. As a result we eat more and consume more sugar stimulating the brain in the wrong direction as it affects our moods.

Sugar is addicting

Since sugar doesn’t have any nutritional value but energy, it triggers the brain to release more dopamine. And when dopamine is released a sort of temporary surge of energy is also released making it more addicting to the one who is consuming sugar.

Yes, it is true that sugar is bad for your health but of course, only when it is taken in high amounts. Remember that, too much of anything has its consequences so make sure to take sugar moderately or better yet, eliminate it from your diet. Choose well!