Over 100 reasons to cut sugar from your diet
Sugar the silent killer
Move over salt you have competition. Sugar is just as much of a silent killer. A study in
2008 found that high fructose consumption was linked to an increase in a condition called leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that tells you when you’ve had enough food. The problem is, we often ignore the signal our brain sends to us. For some people though, leptin simply does not want to work, leaving the person with no signal whatsoever that the body has enough food to function. This in turn can lead to over consumption of food and consequently, obesity. Why the silent killer? Because it all happens without symptoms or warning bells. If you’ve gained weight in the past year and can’t quite figure out why, perhaps you should look at how much fructose you’re feeding your body.
- Sugar can suppress your immune system.
- Sugar upsets the mineral balance in the body.
- Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.
- Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.
- Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.
- Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.
- Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.
- Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
- Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.
- Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.
- Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins (HDL).
- Sugar can lead to chromium deficiency.
- Sugar can lead to various forms of Cancer. All cancers eat sugar and excrete lactic acid. No sugar. Cancer may shrink. (Sugar is cancer food)
- Sugar causes copper deficiency.
- Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.
- Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.
- Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
- Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
- Sugar can lead to an acidic digestive tract.
- Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
- Sugar can cause premature aging.
- Sugar can cause tooth decay and lead to periodontal disease.
- Sugar can lead to obesity ( sugar promotes belly fat).
- Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Sugar can cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.
- Sugar can cause inflammatory diseases.
- Sugar assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
- Sugar can cause gallstones.
- Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease. ( Increased sugar intake = increased heart disease rate).
- Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
- Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
- Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
- Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood.
- Sugar can decrease the amount of growth hormones in the body.
- Sugar can increase cholesterol.(No sugar, cholesterol lowering drugs may not be necessary)
- Sugar increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which form when sugar binds non-enzymatically to protein.
- Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein by changing its structure.
- Sugar causes food allergies.
- Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
- Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
- Sugar can lead to eczema in children.
- Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.
- Sugar can make the skin wrinkle by changing the structure of collagen.
- Sugar can cause cataracts.
- Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
- Sugar can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).
- Sugar can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.
- Sugar lowers enzymes ability to function.
- Sugar intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.
- Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
- Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.
- Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
- Sugar can damage the pancreas.
- Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
- Sugar is the number one enemy of the bowel movement.
- Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
- Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
- Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
- Sugar can adversely affect children’s learning capacity leading to lower grades.
- Sugar can cause depression.
- Sugar can cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
- Sugar can increase the risk of developing gout.
- Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in the blood much higher than complex carbohydrates in a glucose tolerance test can.
- Sugar can cause two blood proteins – albumin and lipoproteins – to function less effectively, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
- Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
- Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness, which causes blood clots.
- Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance – some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.
- Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
- Sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.
- Sugar increases the risk of pregnant adolescents delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
- Sugar can lead to a substantial decrease the in the length of pregnancy among adolescents.
- Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
- Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.
- Sugar combines with and destroys phosphatase, a digestive enzyme, which makes digestion more difficult.
- Sugar is an addictive substance.
- Sugar can aggravate premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
- Sugar can cause emotional instability.
- Sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese people – strongly addictive.
- Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit disorder
- Sugar can slow the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
- Sugar can cause epileptic seizures.
- Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure (pressure when the heart is contracting).
- Sugar can induce cell death.
- Sugar can cause antisocial behavior in juvenile delinquents.
- Sugar dehydrates newborns.
- Sugar can cause women to give birth to babies with low birth weight.
- Sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia.
- Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.
- Sugar induces salt and water retention.
- Sugar can contribute to mild memory loss.
- Sugar water, when given to children shortly after birth, results in those children preferring sugar water to regular water throughout childhood.
- Sugar causes constipation.
- Sugar can cause brain decay in pre-diabetic and diabetic women.
- Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.
- Sugar increases neural tube defects in embryos when it is consumed by pregnant women.
- Sugar can cause asthma.
- Sugar increases the chances of getting irritable bowl syndrome.
- Sugar plays a role in the cause and the continuation of acne.
- Sugar can ruin the sex life of both men and women by turning off the gene that controls the sex hormones.
- Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness and nervousness.
- Sugar can make many essential nutrients less available to cells.
- Sugar can increase uric acid in blood.
- Sugar can lead to higher C-peptide concentrations.
- Sugar can cause diverticulitis, a small bulging sac pushing outward from the colon wall that is inflamed.
- Sugar can decrease testosterone production.
- Sugar and alcohol have similar toxic liver effects on the body.
In closing, it’s important to point out that simple sugars from milk (in the form of lactose) don’t display the same negative health effects that we see in the literature when reviewing sugar’s effects on the body. Simple sugars coming from fruit are also less concerning given their high amounts of disease-fighting compounds and fiber.
Do not be a secret agent and keep this information to yourself. Everyone needs to know this. Take action. You can do something about decreasing your overall sugar consumption without feeling deprivation or sheer frustration!
Natural alternatives to processed sugar if you have to sweeten include:
- raw organic honey
- Lo Han
- Agave Nectar
- brown rice syrup
- coconut palm sugar
- date sugar
Do not be fooled by the hidden sugars lurking in products from bread and bagels to cereals and yoghurts.
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