You might want to think twice before taking a bite of that chocolate bar, gulping some (or plenty of) soda, or having “just one more candy.” Too much sweetness can kill you! Although sounds and tastes super sweet, sugar is actually one of the most dangerous things that can enter your body.
Having much sugar in your diet is the worst of ideas when it comes to longevity and healthy living. In reality, most of us are quite well aware of this but only a few of us actually stick to the recommended daily intake of sugar. If you think that some sugar won’t hurt or wondering ‘just how bad can sugar be’.
Sugar in the intestine stimulates the formation of the hormone GIP, which increases insulin level. In fact, it’s quite impossible to talk about sugar without invoking insulin due to their direct and solid connection. But guess what’s also turned out to be connected! Insulin-resistance and cancer!
Meet β-catenin, a protein that controls GIP and is totally dependent on sugar, it boosts insulin production as well as the cells’ risk of developing cancer. What’s more, studies have found an association between high sugar intake and survival rates in cancer patients, specifically colon and
The high amount of fructose in sugar causes visceral fat cells to mature, resulting in weight gain, especially belly fat. People who consume sugar excessively won’t only end up with a big belly but also a bigger risk for diabetes and heart disease.
Moreover, sugar can promote leptin-resistance, the latter is the hormone that tells your body “ok, you’re full, you can stop eating now.” This means that once your leptin stops working, you’ll start eating much more than you actually need. It’s a trap!
Shockingly, obesity rates in adolescents have tripled while childhood obesity rates have doubled in the past decade. At this rate, our future will be looking literally big!
Give up the Soda!
Did you know that only half a can of soda surpasses our daily sugar intake by 10 g? What’s worse, a typical US citizen drinks 125.7 servings per year; this is equal to a total 1.7 M tons of sugar!
So it should come as no surprise if you’ve gained many pounds in the past year, and now is the time to start monitoring the amounts and types of drinks that you’re feeding your body.
Excess sugar is as evil as having too much sodium, trans and saturated fats, or calories, and anything with high sugar levels should be on your list of “foods to avoid”. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people die worldwide due to sweetened beverage consumption. Give up the soda if you don’t wish to be part of some scary statistics soon.
Unfortunately, millions of people are suffering from diabetes due to a high sugar diet. To give you a clear (and frightening) picture, a diabetic’s urine is so high in sugar that it can be turned into whiskey. Researchers suggest that sugar may have a direct association with diabetes.
They actually discovered that high sugar in a population’s diet was linked to increased rates of diabetes, and it had nothing to do with obesity rates. This only means that there are other factors that lead to diabetes besides obesity and that sugar seems to play a huge role.
Genetic Sugar Addiction
Sugar addiction is a real thing, but sometimes, it’s not you, it’s your genetics! Studies revealed that people who had genetic alterations in the hormone ghrelin consumed more sugar throughout their lives. So you may actually be right if you’ve ever said: “I think I’m addicted to sugar!”
Ghrelin is responsible for telling your brain that you’re hungry, so according to researchers, when your ghrelin production is genetically affected, your sweet tooth (or neurological reward system) is also affected.
A natural, “healthy” alternative to Sugar?
Surprisingly, there is actually a version of sugar that is perfect for diabetics since it doesn’t affect blood sugar levels, but unfortunately, you cannot have it! What is it? It’s called L-glucose, it has a similar molecular structure to sugar and also tastes almost like sugar but is better than sugar thanks to its very low-calorie content.
Why you can’t have it? In fact, it is 50 percent more expensive than gold! It can only be made in labs and it’s never produced on a large scale, moreover, it even has a laxative effect.
(Sorry! Good to know though!)
According to studies, glucose consumption is linked to the aging of our cells. The latter can trigger wrinkles or even a chronic disease. That’s not all, there’s more proof that sugar can impact the aging process of your brain too. A link was found between excess sugar consumption and memory impairment.
Moreover, researchers from UCLA revealed that a fructose-rich diet slows down the brain. Rats’ brains had damaged synaptic activity (brain cells communication was impaired) after consuming excessive amounts of fructose. So not only you’ll age faster but also won’t be able to learn or remember much of anything.
Sugar is more Addictive than Drugs
Sugar stimulates the brain similarly to drugs, yet it can be more addictive than the most addictive drugs, heroin and cocaine. A 2013 research revealed that eating Oreo stimulates the brain’s pleasure center more than injected cocaine in rats.
During the study, rats were given coke until they’ve become addicted to it, then they were given the choice to either keep having the cocaine or switch to sugar. 94% of rats eventually chose and were even more interested in sugar! The simple explanation is that sugar has more powerful effects on the brain (of both rats and humans) than drugs.
High sugar levels can also affect your mood and overall mental health. One good example is the “sugar crash” where your blood sugar spikes following a sugary drink/snack and then goes rapidly down, making you moody, anxious, or depressed.
Besides the sugar crash, consuming too much fructose can wreck your neurotransmitters, which help maintain the stability of your mood. Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that does the mood-boosting thing after we eat sugary stuff.
Sadly, the human body doesn’t have much serotonin to offer, so the more it’s released, the faster the supply is depleted. And this how depression symptoms are born. Furthermore, since sugar affects hormones, it can cause mood fluctuations and even trigger schizophrenic episodes.
In fact, the HIV virus is covered in a chain of sugar molecules, but since it manages to camouflage with healthy cells, the coating prevents the body from detecting the virus.