Is Sugar Really all that Bad?

Is Sugar Really all that Bad?

Sugar is bad, you should cut out sugar, don’t eat candy, blah..blah..blah… Everyone knows that sugar is bad. But it tastes so good, and we keep on eating it. As much as I would love to tell you that it’s fine, and to treat yourself as much as you’d like: I have to agree with the majority on this one.

Sugar IS Bad News. Here is WHY:

ONE: Sugar is Empty Calories. The first most simple reason is that sugar is just pure energy. It does not contain any essential fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals that you get from other foods.

TWO: Sugar has an addictive effect on the brain. Eating sugar causes a surge in a neurotransmitter called dopamine. A similar serge of dopamine has been shown to be caused from using heroine or cocaine.  This causes you to crave more sugar even when you aren’t hungry. Just like addictive drugs, some people are more susceptible to become addicted. These people are at risk to adapt to the dopamine surge, and crave increasingly more sugar each time. Leading you to overeat and consume large amounts of sugar that your body doesn’t need.

THREE: Eating sugar causes energy spikes and drops throughout the day. THIS causes an addictive effect on the body (on top of the addictive effect on the brain), making you crave more every time that the energy drops. In fact, eating too much sugar can leave you feeling sluggish, tired, hungry, and thirsty all at the same time.

FOUR: Excessive Sugar Intake can lead to Insulin Resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition that increases fat storage (especially around the stomach), it causes a serious drop in energy, and increases your risk of many diseases including diabetes and heart disease.

Sugar in the bloodstream stimulates the release of a hormone called insulin that helps our cells to absorb the sugar and use it for energy. Problems start when people eat TOO much sugar, and have chronically high blood sugar levels. Insulin is released too often, and our cells start ignoring it. When this happens, cells are not able to absorb and use the sugar >> our blood sugar stays high >> and more insulin needs to be produced.

FIVE: Eating Fructose can Harm your Liver. Not all sugars are digested the same: glucose can be broken done by almost every cell in the body and used for energy. There are much fewer cells in the body available to break down and use fructose. Added sugar is often high in fructose, along with dense fruit smoothies and juices. The majority of fructose is not used in the cells for energy; instead it is sent to be metabolized in the liver. Recent research demonstrates the connection between high fructose intake and the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and all sorts of other health conditions! Read Fructose: The Evil Ninja Sugar to learn more!

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References:

Norris J. Sugar is a poison says USHFC Expert. (2009) University of California San Fransisco. https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2009/06/8187/obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-driven-fructose-sugar-diet

Abundance of fructose not good for the liver, heart. Havard Health Publications. Havard Medical School. September 2011. http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/abundance-of-fructose-not-good-for-the-liver-heart

Basciano H, Federiaco L, Adeli K. Fructose, Insulin Resistance, and Metabolic Dyslipidemia. http://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1743-7075-2-5