I have so many clients in Columbia, South Carolina, that tell me the one thing they miss when they first start to eat healthy is their sugary treats. However, after a few months of focusing on the sweetness of fresh fruits, when they eat candy or pastries, they find it has too much sugar. That’s one of the biggest problems you face when you eat sugar. Not only is it addictive, lighting up the opioid receptors in the brain, but you continually have to eat more to get that sense of sweetness. The more you eat, the less your taste buds react to its sweet taste.
Too much sugar can cause serious conditions, such as diabetes.
Not all cases of diabetes are the same. Type 1 diabetes, called juvenile diabetes, is quite different than type 2. It’s cause isn’t fully known. The most prevalent form of diabetes, type 2, has increased dramatically in recent years. Part of that cause is the prevalence of sugar in our food and drink. In fact, one study identified that drinking soft drinks actually may be an important factor in the rise in diabetes. Sugar is in a wide variety of food. Just read the package of processed food and you’ll find a form of sugar. Another factor is the type of sugar that’s in everything. High fructose corn syrup—HFCS—derived from corn syrup, actually contributes to the number of cases.
Obesity is the biggest problem from sugar.
One fact that’s shocking is the number of Americans that suffer from obesity. In fact, obesity is now the leading cause of preventable deaths. It surpassed smoking several years ago. Obesity contributes to many serious conditions, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. One study found that obese people were often malnourished. How could that be? Look toward sugar as one of the causes. It has loads of calories, but no nutritional value.
Sugar can make your liver work overtime.
What happens when you put too much demand on the liver, it creates a stress response and inflammation. In fact, if you have too much sugar in your system, liver failure can occur. Some types of sugar are worse than others. HFCS, for instance, may be tone of the causes of fatty liver disease that’s non-alcoholic. Fatty liver disease occurs when there’s too much fat stored in the liver and it can cause serious liver damage. One study showed that the sugar in soft drinks may be a culprit, since many of those who have fatty liver disease caused by sugar have twice the intake of soft drinks.
- Too much sugar can cause a problem with leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full. It can cause leptin resistance, where your brain never receives the message of satiety.
- Bacteria in your mouth thrive on sugar. They release a waste that’s acidic, which attacks the enamel of the teeth, causing cavities.
- There are links to high sugar intake and diseases, such as dementia, heart disease, polycystic ovarian syndrome and even cause cholesterol problems.
- If you’re subject to mood swings, sugar will make it worse. It can even cause it. When you have an increase in blood sugar levels, it increases the insulin levels, spikes and gives you a boost of energy. What goes up, must come down and it does with a vengeance, leaving you cranky and tired.
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