The Dangers of Excess Sugar in the Body – Reasons too much sugar is bad for you.
Sugar is one of the most damaging substances that you can digest. The scaring part of it is that, it is found in our everyday diet. Both adults and children have become addicted to it. That’s because they view sugary foods as tasty, satisfying, and irresistible. Not knowing that sugar can be toxic, addictive, and deadly.
Chances are you already know that eating too much sugar isn’t good, yet you are overdoing it. Sugar has a bittersweet reputation when it comes to health. It occurs naturally in all foods that contain carbohydrate, such as fruits and vegetables, grains, and dairy. Consuming whole foods that contain natural sugar is okay, but it should be consumed in moderate amounts. Plants foods also have high amounts of fibre, essential minerals and antioxidants, and dairy foods contain protein and calcium.
The Dangers of Excess Sugar in the Body
Sugar can affect your body negatively in so many ways. They include:
- It overloads and damages the liver: The effects of too much sugar (fructose) can be likened to the effects of alcohol. The fructose you eat gets shuttled to the only organ that has the transporter for it: your liver. This severely taxes and overloads the organ, leading to potential liver damage.
- Weight gain and affects insulin and leptin signaling: Sugar (fructose) fools your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite-control system. It fails to stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” which then fails to stimulate leptin or “the satiety hormone.” This causes you to eat more and develop insulin resistance.
- Metabolic dysfunction: Eating too much sugar causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL cholesterol levels, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides and high blood pressure.
- Increased uric acid levels: High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. In fact, the connection between fructose, metabolic syndrome, and your uric acid is now so clear that your uric acid level can now be used as a market for fructose toxicity.
Sugar Increases your Risk of Diseases
One of the most severe effects of eating too much sugar is its ability to damage your liver, leading to a condition known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The same disease you can get from excessive alcohol intake can also be caused by excessive sugar intake.
Sugar is a primary dietary factor that drives obesity and chronic disease development. Sugar is readily used by cancer cells to increase their proliferation, promoting cell division and speeding their growth which allows the cancer to spread faster.
Alzheimer’s disease is another deadly illness that can arise from too much sugar consumption. There’s a powerful connection between a high fructose diet and your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, through the same pathway that causes Type 2 diabetes. Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders may be caused by constant burning of glucose for fuel by your brain.
Other diseases that may potentially arise due to excess sugar consumption include:
- Lipid problems
- Heart disease
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
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Managing your Sugar Consumption
Sugar, in its natural form, is not inherently bad, as long as it is consumed moderately. This simply means avoiding all sources of fructose, particularly processed foods and beverages like soda. 74 percent of processed foods contain added sugar stealthily hidden under more than 60 different names. Ideally, you should spend 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, and only 10 percent or less on processed foods. Limit your consumption of refined carbohydrates, as they actually break down to sugar in your body, which increases your insulin levels and causes insulin resistance.
Try to keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day, including that from fruits. Keep in mind that, although fruits are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, they also naturally contain fructose, and if consumed in high amounts may actually worsen your insulin sensitivity and raise your uric acid levels.
Avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, as they actually come with a set of health problems that are much worse than what sugar or corn syrup can bring. Always drink pure, clean water; simply swapping out sweetened beverages like sodas and fruit juice for pure water can go a long way toward improving your health.
Add fermented foods to your meal, such as kimchi, natto, organic yoghurt and kefir made from grass fed milk, and fermented vegetables. The beneficial bacteria in these healthful foods can support your digestion and provide detoxification support, which helps lessen the fructose burden on your liver.