Americans consume between two to three pounds of sugar every week. The sugar is being processed in so many foods we eat. These foods are not just sweets. Sugar in large quantities can be found in peanut butter, mayonnaise, bread, ketchup and many other categorically “non-sweets” products.
Now let’s get to the question: Why is Refined Sugar bad for you?
Refined Sugar is bad for you because it raises the insulin level in your blood.
Raised blood insulin levels depress the immune system. If your immune system is depressed then your ability to fight disease is weakened.
Raised blood insulin levels can cause weight gain. Insulin promotes the storage of fat; so, when you eat foods high in refined sugar, you increase fat storage. Obviously, the result is rapid weight gain.
Refined Sugar contains no vitamins or minerals so in order for sugar to be metabolized it must draw on the body’s reserve of vitamins and minerals. When these reserves are depleted, metabolization of cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher blood serum triglycerides, cholesterol, promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid storage around organs.
In summary here are ways that refined sugar can affect your health:
o Sugar can suppress the immune system.
o Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
o Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
o Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
o Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
o Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
o Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
o Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
o Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
o Sugar can cause kidney damage.
o Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
o Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
o Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
o Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
o Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
o Sugar can promote tooth decay.
o Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
o Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
o Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
o Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
o Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
o Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
o High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
o Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
o Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
o Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
o Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
o Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
o Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
o Sugar causes food allergies.
o Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
o Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
o Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
o Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
o Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
o Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
o Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
o Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
o Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
o Sugar can cause depression.
o Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
o Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
o Sugar can cause hypertension.
o Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
o Sugar can cause an increase in delat, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind’s ability to think clearly.
o Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
o Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
o Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.
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