Who doesn’t love sugar? We eat sugar in almost everything; coffee, cakes, bread, and even in spaghetti sauce. But do you know how harmful sugar is for our health? Most of us do know the effects of sugar in our body aren’t so great, but we just didn’t know how bad they could be. I mean we all knew sugar can cause diabetes and heart diseases. But what other effects of sugar are there that you are unaware of?
If you are the kind of mom who doesn’t want to stop their kids from having cupcakes, you need to read this. Here are some effects of sugar nobody tells you usually. This will be enough to motivate you to cut back on your sugar intake.
1- It’s Addictive
We all knew about the effect of sugar on our weight but we didn’t know that it was addictive, did we? Researchers in a 2007 study by James Cook discovered that cocaine addicted mice had a preference for sugar water as a reward over cocaine. The euphoria you feel after sugar consumption may be the reason why you reach out for it so often and so obsessively.
2- It Makes You Fat
We all thought that fat makes us fat but it turns out, sugar is the culprit. When we consume sugar in abundance, our liver goes into an overdrive. Our body quickly stores sugar as fat so your blood sugar and insulin levels are stabilized. Hence, by not eating sugar, our body will balance itself out.
3- It Gives You Fatigue
We often see our kids getting tired and crashing after having excess sugar. But there is another reason why sugar may be making you tired. When you fill up on sugar, you are less likely to take in the nutrients that your body needs, causing your body to shut down, giving you fatigue.
4- It Shortens Your Lifespan
Researchers believe that the latest generation of kids who eat a diet laced with sugar might be outlived by their parents as sugar makes them fat and sick for life.
5- It Makes You Hungry
Sugar is not only empty calories, especially in the form of liquid like sodas, but it also invites hunger in your life. When you take sugar, your blood sugar level rises and the body quickly gets into work to balance itself. Insulin is released and sugar is stored as fat. All this work lowers your blood sugar, causing you to get hungry. So you eat again, getting stuck in a nasty hunger cycle.
6- It Feeds Cancer Cells
Scientists have long noted the presence of sugar molecules near cancerous cells and a recent study by University of Copenhagen proves that sugar aids the growth of cancerous and other malignant cells.
7- It Makes You Sick
If you and your family get sick quite often, sugar may be to blame. Sugar actually suppresses your immune system causing you to catch common illnesses more frequently.
8- It Costs Us Money
The effects of sugar are not just limited to our health; it affects our economy as well. First, many countries face a shortage of sugar and have to import it, causing a bad effect on the economy. Plus, sugar causes many serious illnesses like diabetes and heart diseases and so, health care costs rise significantly. So, if your country’s economy is going down, sugar may be to blame.
9- It Gives You Belly Fat
If you have ugly belly fat that is hard to burn off, sugar is the culprit. When sugar gets processed by your liver, the excess sugar is turned into belly fat. So, if you look bad in a bikini, cut back your sugar now.
10- It Ruins Your Teeth
The link between cavities and sugar consumption was discovered nearly 100 years ago by a dentist named Weston A. Price. It is known that bacteria in the mouth feed off of sugar, increasing your chances to have cavities.
11- It Gives You Empty Calories
If you thought some amount of sugar was necessary for health, you were wrong. Sugar has no nutritional value; it has only empty calories.
12- It Makes Your Body Go Into Withdrawal If You Come Off It
You may have seen people, addicted to sugar, to have headache, fatigue, mood swings, and other detox effects, if they have not eaten sugar. They don’t make it up; sugar withdrawals are real. The body releases opioids and dopamine when sugar is taken and it likes those chemicals. So, when the body doesn’t get sugar and the chemicals, it goes into withdrawal.
13- It Gives You Mood Swings
When insulin, a hormone, is released to ward off excess sugar, it may affect other hormones in the body, causing you to have mood swings.
14- It Adds Years On Your Skin Appearance
A 2011 study funded by Unilever found a connection between sugar consumption and health, youthful skin. So, if you are looking for the fountain of youth and want to avoid wrinkles, just cut back your sugar.
15- It Affects Our Child’s Learning Performance
Another study showed decreased learning performance in groups of children who were given sugary drinks.
16- It Gives Us More Diseases Than We Imagined
We thought sugar was related to diabetes and heart diseases. However, there is a lot more than that. Sugar may be to blame for many diseases like depression, Alzheimer’s, food allergies and blood pressure.
17- It Affects Your Brain
Sugar consumption has been linked to memory loss and cognitive decline as found in a study by the American Academy of Neurology.
18- It is Every Where
Some foods are advertised as being healthy food options like granola bars, yogurts and cereals. But if you turn the boxes and look at their ingredients, you will be surprised at how much sugar they have.
19- It Comes With Many Other Unwanted Things
Many pre=packaged foods contain sugar but they also have many unwanted things like additives, preservatives and food colorings, which are banned outside the United States.
20- It Is Hidden
Looking at the back of your snack box, you may not realize that it has sugar because it is hidden behind many different names like cane crystals, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, etc.
21- It Is Present In A Larger Amount Than You Need
It is recommended to consume only 6 teaspoonful of sugar every day, which is 24 grams. But you will be surprised to see that a pack of yogurt may contain 26 grams of sugar alone.
22- It Is Present In Your Drinks
A study found the connection between drinking sweetened beverages and obesity and type 2 diabetes.
23- It Is Often Used As A Reward
All the holidays we have are devoted to sugar. A recent study by the CDC found that we are consuming more sugar in our home than away from our homes.
After reading this, I am sure you will have enough reason to cut back on your sugar intake now. Don’t stall; make a pledge today to reduce your sugar intake. You will notice a difference immediately. Let us know how you cut back on sugar and how it helped you.