Sugar may be the most unhealthy thing you scoop into your daily meals and drinks. The dangerous effects sugar gives your body may be more than just empty calories. Authority Nutrition exposes the main health hazards sugar may be bringing to your body right this very moment.
Some people may be confused by added sugar and natural sugar. Added sugar are the ones you see as white sugar, sweeteners packaged by food manufacturers, and high fructose corn syrup. They may be usually found in pastries such as cakes and cupcakes, sodas, energy drinks and even salad dressings. Majority of added sugar does not contain any nutrition but there is something more harmful than empty calories.
Sugar is half fructose and half glucose. While glucose is needed by the body and metabolizable by it. If the body does not consume glucose from the diet, the body produces it from fat and proteins. Fructose, on the other hand is harmful for the body and not needed in any way. Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver. When the liver receives large amounts of fructose, most of it turns into fat. This process is said to be one of the leading causes of chronic Western diseases.
The fat in the liver is divided, some if it gets transported to other parts of the body but a part still remains in the liver. Over time, the fat build up in the liver may cause Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
While the fat that gets transported out of the liver turns into VLDL particles (Very Low Density Lipoprotein particles) that are high in cholesterol and triglycerides. Consuming a large part of calories as fructose can lead to serious adverse effects on blood markers in as fast as two and a half months.
Another thing sugar does to the body is it can cause Insulin resistance. The function of insulin is to deliver glucose from the bloodstreams to the cells in the body. When a person has too much sugar intake, the cells tend to be more resistant to the insulin’s effect, thus making the pancreas secrete greater amounts of insulin to wash away the glucose from the bloodstream to avoid toxic elevated blood glucose.
Another important function of insulin is that it sends a message to fat cells to take fat from the bloodstream. When the body begins to be resistant to insulin, the beta cells in the pancreas eventually become more tampered then losing the capability to make enough insulin. Type II diabetes then forms. Excess intake of fructose is an easy way to give the body diabetes and obesity, which are being suffered by more than 300 million people around the globe now.
The scary thing about sugar is that it is hard to resist. Sugar is highly addictive. Surprisingly, cocaine has the function as well as of sugar. When the body consumes sugar, it receives the feeling of pleasure, this feeling is made by dopamine. The brain gets hardwired to look for activities that releases dopamine that causes reward-seeking behavior that is similar to the addiction on abused drugs. Sugar, due to its huge effects on the reward system in the brain may lead to typical signs of addiction as well.
The bottom line in this research made is that prevention is always better than cure. Cut down sugar intake, may it be natural or added, in the minimum and take the stepping stone away from weight gain, diabetes and physical and mental addiction to pleasurable things.