Sugar? No, Thank you. We should learn to say this to our self. It is known as sweet poison. Because it’s consumption makes you addicted. It is a silent cause for so many disease and conditions. That’s why Big “NO” to .
Eating or drinking too much sugar affects the immune system, and this effect lasts for several hours. The suppression of the immune system starts as soon as 30 minutes after consumption of sweetener and lasts up to five hours.
Consuming fructose increases your hunger and desire for food. From pasta sauce to peanut butter, added sweetener is found in even most unexpected products.
Sugar’s harmful effects can lead to increased anxiety too even early death and it also suppresses the immune system. Adding sweetener in your food and drinks significantly increases calories without adding any nutritional value.
“The better we nourish our body over time, the better prepared it is to protect itself against illness.”
Your body needs a healthy balance of glucose, carbohydrate, fat, and protein to function. Consuming natural sweetener from fruits(not fruit juice) or dried fruits affects your body differently than candy. Fact: One half cup pasta sauce contains 12 grams of sugar which means 3 full teaspoons. (4 gram sugar=1 teaspoon).
This contributes to diseases that are chronic such as Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes.
American heart association recommended sugar intake,
- Male- 36 grams/day
- Female- 25 grams/day
How much is too much sugar?
Research shows that 75 to 100-gram sugar hamper your immune function. 75-gram is a lot, it is hard to think you may be consuming 75 grams of in just 2 cans of soda. For example, a coco-cola contains 39 grams of sugar, here soda is not the only culprit others such as the grand chai late from Starbucks contain 42 grams sugar, which gets you more than halfway to lower your immunity.
Bad effects of excess consumption
1. Hormonal imbalance
When you eat large amounts of sugar, your blood sugar increases. Insulin helps normalize those blood sugar levels, but over time, your cells become overwhelmed and resistant to the signals of this hormone. We call this condition insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes.
2. Oxidative stress
Oxidative stress plays a major role in developing so many diseases such as Degenerative and Chronic illness, too much sugar increases oxidative stress
Chronic, low-grade inflammation is a key factor for numerous diseases including Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, and Dementia. Sugar is one of those inflammation triggers.
Too much sugar can lead to Obesity, Insulin Resistance, and Inflammation, all of which are risk factors for cancer.
A significant risk of consuming excess dietary sugar can lead to weight gain. Leptin is a hormone that regulates hunger by determining how much energy the body needs. Disruption to leptin functioning can lead to weight gain and obesity.
A diet with added sugar and processed foods may increase depression risk in both men and women.
Sugary foods can increase the production of AGEs, which can accelerate skin aging and wrinkle formation.
8. Drains your energy
High-sugary foods can negatively impact your energy levels by causing a spike in blood glucose followed by a crash.
9. Dental health
Eating too much sugar can cause cavities. Bacteria in your mouth feed on glucose and release acid byproducts, which cause tooth demineralization.
Some examples of other names for added sweetener include,
- Sucrose agave
- Corn syrup
- Corn sweetener
- Evaporated cane juice
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