Eat Less Sugar – 15 reasons you must know
You start consuming it from the morning as soon as you are out of bed by adding it to your morning cup of coffee or tea and then knowingly or unknowingly your keep consuming it either in the form of sweetened breakfast cereals, cookies, juices, chocolates, and the list goes on and on.
Sugar is absorbed from the intestine into the bloodstream and travel to the cells, where they are used to provide energy for cellular functions. While sugar is vital for our body and is an essential source of energy; why is everyone behind us asking to eat less sugar?
Why we should keep our sugar intake in control
- Sugar is an essential energy source for your body but a lot of it can have harmful effects on metabolism and cause numerous diseases.
- Sugar Contains No Essential Nutrients just “empty” calories.
- Sugars in food and drinks play a major role in the development of dental caries. Bacteria within the plaque use the sugar as energy and release acid as a waste product which gradually dissolves the enamel in the teeth. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
- Eating large amounts of sugar can damage our liver, decrease its efficiency and can lead to fatty liver.
- Sugar Can Cause Insulin Resistance, leading to Diabetes
- Sugar causes blood glucose to spike and drop and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
- If you consume a lot of sugar and other refined carbohydrates, you probably don’t get enough of the trace mineral chromium, and one of the Chromium’s main functions is to help regulate blood sugar. Excess consumption also leads to copper deficiency.
- Sugar can suppress your immune system and Sugar can lead to high triglycerides levels and negatively impact HDL – high-density lipoproteins (Good Cholesterol).
- Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.
- Sugar can cause Reactive hypoglycemia. Reactive hypoglycemia is low blood sugar that occurs after eating. Reactive hypoglycemia usually occurs 1 to 3 hours after you eat food high in sugar, or food with a high-glycemic index. After eating these foods, your blood sugar level fluctuates by elevating too high and then dropping down too low.
- Eating too much sugar can lead to an acidity as well as acid reflux.
- Sugar can cause premature aging. Multiple studies show that people who eat a lot of sugar are at a much higher risk of getting cancer and heart diseases.
- Sugar can lead to obesity as sugar can cause two blood proteins–albumin and lipoproteins–to function less effectively, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol. Eating a lot of sugar chronically raises insulin levels in the blood, which selectively deposits energy from foods into fat cells.
- Sugar can damage the pancreas. When sugar enters the bloodstream, our pancreas releases insulin to maintain healthy blood sugar balance. Too much sugar causes it to either release too much insulin or not enough.
The best way to keep ourselves protected from the many harmful effects of sugar is to keep the consumption in moderation. Do not consume more than 5-6 Teaspoons of sugar a day.