As a person over 60, mindfull of my bodily health, I've excluded sugar from all beverages I drink and haven't eaten sweets/candy for as long as I can remember.
With the foregoing in mind I read an article the other day that listed 10 disturbing reasons why sugar is bad for you that I thought I'd share with my readers.
3 of them are explained in more detail below to give you some alarming facts about sugar intake.
Added Sugar is High in Fructose, Which Can Overload Your Liver.
In order to understand what is so bad about sugar, then you need to understand what it is made of.
Before sugar enters the bloodstream from the digestive tract, it is broken down into two simple sugars… glucose and fructose.
Glucose is found in every living cell on the planet. If we don't get it from the diet, our bodies produce it.
Fructose is different. Our bodies do not produce it in any significant amount and there is no physiological need for it.
The thing with fructose is that it can only be metabolized by the liver in any significant amounts.
This is not a problem if we eat a little bit (such as from fruit) or we just finished an exercise session. In this case, the fructose will be turned into glycogen and stored in the liver until we need it (3).
However, if the liver is full of glycogen (much more common), eating a lot of fructose overloads the liver, forcing it to turn the fructose into fat (4).
When repeatedly eating large amounts of sugar, this process can lead to……
Sugar Can Cause Insulin Resistance, a Stepping Stone Towards Metabolic Syndrome and Diabetes
Insulin is a very important hormone in the body.
It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat.
Having too much glucose in the blood is very harmful and one of the reasons for complications of diabetes, like blindness.
One feature of the metabolic dysfunction that is caused by the Western diet, is that insulin stops working as……
Sugar is a Leading Contributor to Obesity in Both Children and Adults. The way sugar affects hormones and the brain is a recipe for fat gain disaster.
It leads to decreased satiety… and can get people addicted so that they lose control over their consumption.
Not surprisingly, people who consume the most sugar are by far the most likely to become overweight or obese. This applies to all age groups.
Many studies have examined the link between sugar consumption and obesity and found a strong statistical association (25).
The link is especially strong in children, where each daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with a whopping 60% increased risk of obesity (26).
One of the most important things you can do if you need to lose weight is to significantly cut back on sugar consumption.
Items 6 & 10 are most alarming.
To enlighten you more I implore you to read the article in full to discover just how harmful sugar is to your health. Click on the following link to learn more. I know it's an old article but it's always going to be relevant to your health today.
10 Reasons Why Sugar is Bad For You
Written by Kris Gunnars, BSc on September 30, 2013