Sugar has become a hot topic in recent years. Commercials banter back and forth, debating whether or not high fructose corn syrup (aka sugar) is bad for you. Schools revise lunch menus to reduce sugary snacks, while brands continue to market products with flashy “reduced sugar” campaigns. Why is sugar such a popular topic?
The research agrees with what many have speculated all along – sugar takes a serious toll on health. We’re not just talking about your waistline – sugar is now known to feed cancer cells, increase dense LDL particles, and heightens your risk of type II diabetes. Sugar is a sweet deceiver.
Sweet Deception – Sugar
Many are still in the dark about the amount of sugar they are consuming and ignorant of what it’s doing to their bodies. Folks think they are healthy eaters, when in fact, they are eating far more sugar then they realize.
Breads, crackers, processed foods and juices are all loaded with sugar. Most Americans start their day off with a glass of orange juice – the juice alone contains more grams of sugar than most dietitians would recommend for the entire day! Add to this a slice of toast, possibly with jam, a drink from your favorite coffee shop on the way to work, and you’ve just thrown your body in to a “code-red.”
The purpose of this blog article is to wake people up to the hidden dangers of sugar. Don’t be deceived by the taste – sugar is bad for you. The harmful effects of sugar go beyond empty calories. Added sugar is so unhealthy, it’s probably the single worst ingredient in the modern diet. Don’t take our word for it, consider these facts.
Why Sugar is Toxic
- Added Sugar Supplies a Large Amount of Fructose. The reason added sugar (and its evil twin… High Fructose Corn Syrup) is bad for you, is that it supplies a very large amount of fructose. Sugar and HFCS is half glucose. Glucose is essential and can be metabolized by pretty much every cell in the body. Fructose, however, is not essential to our functioning in any way.The only organ that metabolizes fructose is the liver. When large amounts of fructose enter the liver and it’ already full of glycogen, fructose turns into fat. Too much fat is a roadblock to good health. Just remember natural sources of sugar, such as fruit – rich with vitamins, minerals, and fiber do not count. The body is capable of metabolizing whole food sugar sources.
- Added Sugar Deposits Fat in The Liver. As previously mentioned, when we eat fructose, it goes to the liver. There are a few instances when we need a boost of fructose. Runners deplete their glucose levels after a long race – fructose is used to bring glucose levels back to a healthy level.However, most people aren’t consuming fructose after a long workout and their liver is already full of glycogen. Overwhelmed, the body turns this excess fructose into fat. Some of the fat gets shipped out, but the rest remains in the liver. Over time this can ultimately lead to “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.”
- Added Sugar Causes Insulin Resistance. The main function of insulin is to drive glucose from the bloodstream into cells. A Western diet, rich in processed foods and added sugars can cause the cells to become resistant to the effects of insulin.Why is this bad? The pancreas goes into overdrive, secreting more insulin in an effort to remove the glucose from the bloodstream. Elevated blood glucose is toxic to the body – just ask a diabetic. When the body becomes resistant to insulin, the beta cells in the pancreas eventually become damaged and lose the ability to produce sufficient insulin. The result? Type II diabetes, which now afflicts over 300 million people worldwide.
- Sugar is linked to obesity, hypertension, heart disease, type II diabetes.
- American’s consume 130 lbs of sugar per year.
- There is a strong link between sugar and increase in risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
- Daily consumption of HFCS increases blood levels of small dense LDL within two weeks.
- Low fat food tastes terrible – the food industry knows this, so it replaces fat with sugar.
- One-third of all cancers including breast & colon cancers, have insulin receptors – sugar feeds cancer cells.
- Sugar is just as addictive as cocaine.
Don’t let sugar deceive you with it’s tempting flavor. Added sugar can increase your risk for disease. Let our nutritionists create a diet plan that’s right for you. Call us today taking the first step to better health – you won’t regret it.