Even though we think of holidays as the worst time for eating sugar, we get plenty of chances to partake all year long.
And thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a shame because there is lots of evidence that sugar intake is not only harmful to health, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s downright deadly. HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what I mean:
Sugar Speeds Aging
Rats who stop eating sugar live twice as long at those who keep eating it.
Sugar Boosts Blood Pressure
This means it increases the chance of stroke or heart attack.
Sugar Impairs the Digestive System
Eating refined sugar aggravates CrohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 80% of CrohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Disease patients adopting a sugar-free diet show improvement.
Eating sugar raises the risk of gallstones.
Sugar irritates the stomach and impairs protein digestion. You need protein to build and repair cells.
Sugar Plugs Up the Urinary Tract
Ã‚Â Eating sugar increases the chance of Kidney Stones.
Eating Sugar Squelches the Immune System
Sugar reduces the bodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s production of antibodies. These are the front-line solders that find and neutralize foreign invaders.
High sugar intake interferes with the function of neutrophils. These are the most common type of white blood cells. They are a crucial part of a healthy immune system.
High consumption of sugar interferes with the function of phagocytes. These cells circulate through the body gobbling up toxic and dangerous materials.
Sugar Reduces the BodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ability to Fight Off Cancer
Sugar increases the risk of breast cancer. It defeats the body’s ability to fight abnormal cells.
Sugar increases the risk of colon cancer. Just one teaspoon of additional sugar per day increases colon cancer risk by 40%. An additional three teaspoons or more increases the risk of colon cancer by 100%.
Eating Sugar Interferes with Crucial Metabolic Processes
High blood sugar levels raise the insulin production. This contributes to insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes.
Sugar can create cross-linking of proteins and sugars. This forms a sticky, caramel-like substance in the tissues. This is called AGE. It blocks healthy metabolism and leads to pain and other health problems.
Sugar ramps up production of free radicals in the body This has many negative effects on health. These include ncreased inflammation, heart disease and strokes.
High sugar in the diet creates obesity. It increases body fat. Ironically, in a diet too low in fat, more sugar gets eaten. It is a poor substitute for dietary fats in energy production.
Sugar increases triglycerides in the blood. Recent research shows high triglycerides aggravate many chronic and deadly diseases. These include heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and pancreatitis.
Sugar Ruins Oral Health
Sugar causes tooth decay. It converts the bad bacteria that naturally exist on the teeth into cavity causing lactic acid. This creates plaque, a fundamental part of creating tooth decay.
Eating Sugar Ages Skin
High sugar intake accelerates the development of wrinkles because of the cross-linking of sugar and protein. The result has the apt acronym, AGE.
Other Effects of Sugar Intake
Sugar increases cholesterol production. Since 80% of the cholesterol is made inside the body, this is a major contributing factor.
Sugar increases cortisol, aka the stress hormone. Chronic elevated cortisol has a long list of negative effects. These including weight gain, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, impaired learning and memory, and lowered immunity.
Wow, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quite a list!
Given what you now know about the effects of sugar in your body, I hope youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be careful about eating it. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be trading 5 minutes of Ã¢â‚¬Å“happy mouthÃ¢â‚¬Â for a lifetime of happier, healthier living.
All the best to you for your health and happiness,