Being Aware of The Dangers of Sugar
Sugar is delicious and the consumption in our diets just keeps growing as does the waistlines of those who live in Western society. In the future sugar maybe considered just as dangerous as alcohol and tobacco. Why?
One reason why many health experts are trying to convince people to limit their sugar consumption is they realize the dangers of sugar to your health.
- A sugar altered metabolism can lead to the disruption of hormone signaling.
- A sugar filled diet can cause high blood pressure, cause cholesterol levels to increase, blood sugar problems and an excessive sugar intake is also one of the major causes of obesity.
- All of these issues are known risk factors for heart disease or stroke.
- These issues should be enough to convince anyone of the sugar dangers.
If not perhaps a little more reading may help you to stop giving in to your sweet temptations and sugar cravings. It makes it easier to understand why it is a danger when you understand how sugar affects our body.
Sugar and Insulin Resistance
The sugar content in our foods is absorbed by the body and enters our bloodstream. If our bloodstream contains too much sugar, the pancreas will begin producing higher amounts of insulin – too much sugar consumption means more insulin is needed.
Eventually, your pancreas will just stop producing the necessary insulin and from that point on your body has developed insulin resistance. When this happens so too does the onset of diabetes.
Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Syndrome
Unfortunately, those people who have become insulin resistant due to excessive sugar consumption do not just suffer from insulin resistance alone. This is because insulin resistance breeds several serious health problems which are referred collectively as metabolic syndrome.
- Metabolic syndrome is a combination of health problems and medical disorders that can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol levels and diabetes.
Glucose and Fructose
Dr. Robert Lustig is an endocrinologist – a physician who specializes in treating disorders of the endocrine system, such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and other diseases – and a professor of the University of California and pioneer in the war against processed foods.
Dr Lustig has revealed that the glucose content in the table sugar we use on a daily basis does not cause too much of a problem. This is because all organs and every living cell of the human body needs glucose. Glucose is regarded as the energy of life.
- So, why are there dangers of sugar to our health if we need it?
It is because the table sugar that we use also contains fructose. Fructose is the sugar molecule that is being added in a lot of sweetening agents – High Fructose Corn Syrup or HFCS. This is the sugar that is present in fizzy drinks, desserts and many processed foods. It is the problem!
Excessive Sugar Consumption and Metabolic Syndrome
Have you ever noticed your child or yourself has an appetite that seems to take for ever to feel full? If your child is hungry, you may allow them to drink a can of soda and after they drink their can of soda pop and then eat their slices of pizza, hamburger or iced donuts, they may still be hungry! How can the child still be able to eat more when he has just consumed so many calories?
- Soda contains fructose that does not suppress the body’s hunger hormone known as ghrelin.
In addition, once a person is exposed to fructose the insulin known as leptin will not be stimulated. If leptin is not being stimulated, it will not trigger your brain receptors to recognize whatever the amount it was you ate and let you know you have eaten enough!
Therefore, the feelings of hunger continue simultaneously with your binge-eating and before you know it you may start suffering from metabolic syndrome.
Why Fructose Is Dangerous
The worse thing about it all is that fructose is added to many of our foods today. We are addicted to it! We can’t get enough! This is why it is dangerous. Soft drink companies put it in their drinks, so our thirst is not quenched and we have to buy more…it is in our junk foods…so we buy the “super-big jumbo-size” meals to curb our never-ending hunger.
Plus, there are many other ingredients in foods that are also questionable as this video shows.
Sugar has surreptitiously made its way into our daily eating habits. It is in our sauces, gravies, yogurts, cereals, ketchup, bread, soft drinks…just take a look in your pantry…is there anything that doesn’t have it added?
That is why there are so many obese or overweight people today and why more are looking for healthy diet solutions as it is the best way to lose weight.
So…what have you got planned for dinner? I would love to hear your comments below…