It would be fair to assume that many people love sugar and sweet foods. Processed sugar is in many products and is also a key ingredient for baking. However, what most people don’t know is that sugar is amongst the worst ingredients to put into the body. The chemical reaction of sugar in your body acts as a poison. Here are 4 harmful effects of sugar on your health.
1. Leads to obesity
Added sugar may lead to excess weight gain. Although sugar may enhance the flavor of breakfast cereals, sodas, fruit drinks, jams, condiments, jellies, ice cream, yogurt, cakes and desserts, it also adds a lot of calories. After consuming food, your body breaks down the food into glucose (a simple sugar), your liver may lack space to store the excess sugar. The excess sugar is converted into fatty acids and later it is stored as fat. Recent studies showed that excess sugar intake may increase opioid receptors or brain chemicals related to pleasurable feelings. These pleasurable feelings in turn, encourage people to eat more sugar and this leads to weight gain.
2. Causes cancer
In the year 1931, German biologist Otto Warburg won Nobel Prize’ for his research on cancer. In his research, Warburg found that cancerous-tumors fueled their own growth through metabolism of glucose (digested sugar). The body turns the carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose is the primary source of energy for major body processes’. In general, glucose is not dietary villain. However, when you consume lots of much sugar, from soft drinks, processed-foods and sweet drinks, it becomes dangerous. Complex carbohydrates like whole grains and vegetables provide slow stream of the glucose for your energy . These carbohydrates are known as low glycemic. The refined carbohydrates like sweet beverages and processed foods digest rapidly, leading to dramatic fluctuations in the blood glucose levels; they are high-glycemic foods.
Your pancreas works with the digestive system to create insulin, which helps in metabolism of glucose. Whenever you eat carbohydrates, pancreas releases the insulin to break all carbohydrates down into glucose that fuel your body cells. If you consume too much high-glycemic foods, the pancreas is overworked and this means it can’t keep up with demand for insulin, . This allows glucose to build in your metabolism. Insulin-resistance increases the risk of certain diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
3. Depresses the Immune system
Too much sugar depresses the immune system by preventing Vitamin C from doing its work. This vitamin is an essential part of the immune system. Your white blood cells need high levels of Vitamin C within the cell structure in order to fight bacteria and virus. On the other hand, sugar has a chemical composition similar to Vitamin C. When you consume a lot of sugar, the sugar floats around your body. The sugar takes the place of Vitamin C in entering the cells, which doesn’t leave any room for Vitamin C in there.
4. Emotional issues
Effects of sugar can also be experienced emotionally. Anxiety, increase in PMS symptoms and extreme lows and highs in emotions are possible side effects of excess sugar consumption. Depression is also very common in people with a strong sugar addiction. Too much sugar can trigger chronic fatigue, irritability and binge eating.