The effects of sugar on our body
Each and every one of us enjoys the taste of sugar on a daily basis, but few are aware of the effects of sugar on our body. While most people know that sugar isn’t beneficial for our health, few are aware of the actual damage caused by its consumption.
“The white death”, as some refer to sugar or salt, is considered one of the greatest dangers on our health when consumed on a daily basis or in excessive amounts. Not only that they add up to calories, they can cause a variety of problematic processes in your body.
Many believe that it is a natural substance, but that would mean eating a sugar cane directly. Sugar in it’s white, granular or powdery form is produced in factories with added chemicals.
A lot of websites advocate for the benefits of sugar, but trusting them would be a great mistake as companies are more interested in their profits than the health of their clients. The sugar market is huge, which means a lot of income for the involved parties. That’s why they need to protect their interests by creating misleading content.
What makes sugar a problem is the fact that it can be found in almost any popular products including soups, juices, sauces, yoghurts, ketchup, cereals and many other.
Most of these products contain high amounts of sugar, especially the “low fat” or “diet”- labelled foods. In most cases, they add extra sugar to compensate for the removed taste
Some manufacturers try to hide the sugar under the name of high fructose corn syrup, which can be found in most processed foods. Even dairy products contain sugar under the name of lactose. Most of our favourite alcoholic drinks contain not only calories but large amounts of sugar.
If you look at the labels of the products you buy on a regular basis, you will come across other aliases such as sucrose, fructose, dextrose, sorbitol, mannitol, dextrose and many more.
What amounts of sugar are considered safe?
According to experts and dozens of analyses conducted over the years, there are no safe amounts of sugar.
Fruits and vegetables are known to have sugar, but they also have enzymes, fibres and vitamins that help the digestion processes in your stomach. It is the only exception and all other foods with sugar have a negative impact on our bodies as they give no benefits to our bodies.
- No nutrients
- No protein
- No healthy fats
- No enzymes
Adverse effects of sugar:
Negative impact on teeth
Added sugars are also known as “empty” calories as they don’t provide us with any nutrients. They give neither proteins nor carbs, vitamins, minerals or anything else – just calories and pure energy. Consuming most of your calories in sugar can result in a nutrient deficiency.
Do you remember the long speeches of your mother about the bad impact of sugar on your oral hygiene? She had all rights to do so, as sugar attracts the bacterias that eat your teeth.
In fact, not only your teeth are in danger, but your gums as well. Recent studies have proven that periodontal issues can lead to heart diseases
Fructose and glucose are two forms of sugar and it’s important to learn what sets them apart. Glucose is naturally produced by our bodies, while fructose isn’t and our bodies are unable to process it.
It can only be beneficial when consumed after workouts and in small amounts as our liver stores it. However, if your liver is overloaded, it will turn the fructose into fat. If this happens on a regular basis, it can lead to a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and a series of other health problems.
One of medicine’s greatest problems is cancer and the consumption of sugars supports the productions of cancerous cells. The disease is characterised by the production and growth of cells that can affect almost every part of the body.
The growth of our cells is regulated by the insulin levels. Over-consumption of sugar can make your body resistant to this specific hormone. Studies have proven that „the white death“ is often linked with this horrible disease.
Yet another health issue caused by insulin resistance – diabetes. If your cells become resistant, our pancreas naturally increases its production.
At one moment, your body won’t be able to keep up with the demand, because of the high sugar levels and you’ll be diagnosed with a type 2 diabetes.
Behavioural impact in children
Ask almost every parent and he’ll tell you that children are significantly affected by the consumption of sugars.
According to studies, children who over-consume sugar can experience behavioural changes. They might have a hard time focusing on doing one chore and even get aggressive on some occasions. That’s why it is highly suggested to control the desserts given to your children. Cutting them off their diet could lead to positive changes in a matter of days.
Note that, scientists are yet to prove the sugar effects on children scientifically.
In the past few years, scientists have found that chronic stress can cause weight gain and lead to other diseases. Stress levels are determined by numerous factors, some of which are invisible to the human eye.
Studies have proven that the blood sugar spikes are a main cause of stress. You may ask us how’s that possible? Well, stress makes your body produce the hormone cortisol, which also manages your blood sugar. When the sugar rises, your body releases more of the hormone. This leads to higher stress levels and some people might even experience anxiety or anger.
Impact on ageing process
Believe it or not, sugar in all of its forms can harm your skin greatly. A process called glycation lessens the collagen fibres, making the skin less elastic than before. This could lead to wrinkles, sagging skin and deep lines – a true nightmare for all women.
The last word…
In our modern world, it can be quite the task to avoid all types of sugar given the fact that they are all around us. Even though that most people won’t be able to omit them completely, we still have the chance to cut the extra sugar out of our children’s diet while we still have control over them.
Kids are still developing their metabolism and hormones, which makes even small amounts of the substance can be harmful. However, they will always be children and we all know the look in their eyes when they see sugar. Try to set specific rules and cut the amounts as much as possible. Teach your children about the importance of healthy eating and try not to restrict them frequently or you’ll make the unhealthy products more desirable.
Teaching them the right way and still giving them the freedom, would allow them to make their own educated choices when they grow up. Our experience shows that they most often make the healthy ones when you don’t restrict them. Moreover, eating healthily becomes a habit and chances are that they won’t prefer the taste of processed foods. So, try to make the healthy food constantly available to them and limit the unhealthy ones.
At first, it may sound like lots of work and it’s definitely harder than buying a meal in a fast food chain. However, when it comes to the positive development of the next generation, all efforts are justified.