Sugar!

We as a nation consume too much sugar and it affects our health in so many ways.

Today I am going to list the negative effects sugar has on the body and you can make your own assumptions of where it belongs in your diet to a healthier, happier you.

  1. Sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth.
  2. For people who are inactive and eat a Western diet, large amounts of fructose from added sugars get turned into fat in the liver.
  3. Excess fructose gets turned into fat, which can lodge in the liver and cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
  4. When people eat a lot of sugar, it can cause resistance to the hormone insulin, which can contribute to many diseases.
  5. Because of the harmful effects of sugar on the function of insulin, it is a leading driver of type II diabetes.
  6. There is considerable evidence that sugar, due to its harmful effects on metabolism, can contribute to cancer.
  7. Fructose doesn’t cause satiety in the brain or lower the hunger hormone ghrelin nearly as much as glucose.
  8. Because sugar causes a large release of dopamine in the brain, it can cause addiction in a lot of people.
  9. Because of the effects of sugar on hormones and the brain, sugar dramatically increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese.
  10. The evidence is mounting that sugar, NOT fat, may be one of the leading drivers of heart disease via the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism.

This is not to scare you, this is simply to open your eyes to the effect sugar can have if you consume large amounts. Be smarter with certain food choices, check the labels of food packages and try making your own sauces or treats using different ingredients to boost the taste.

The decision is yours I wish you all a happy healthy active life and I’m here if you need to ask questions or need advice.