Sugar and health

It’s no surprise that sugar can be a temptress. Sugar makes just about everything taste better. Babies love it, kids love it, and by the time we’re old enough to know better, we’re addicted- but still love it!

Sugar affects the body in many ways.

In its simplest form, sugar is a fuel that gives energy to the cells of our body. It is a fast acting energy that quickly enters the bloodstream and gets stored away if we have eaten too much of it at any one time.

Sugar does more than give power to the cells we rely on for optimal functioning. It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Its irresistible sweetness covers a host of less than positive side effects. The hidden truth about sugar has been revealed. Now we see the obvious dangers that have come along with our fascination.

Here’s a closer look at what happens when we indulge.

Brain cramp

To put it bluntly, sugar impairs brain functioning over time. As the reward center of your brain gets “turned on”, retaining new information, and learning in general, become more difficult.

Enough is never enough

The sugar we call fructose also impairs the part of the brain that tells you when you are satiated. You no longer “hear the call” that tells you enough is enough. Instead, you are driven to consume more and more to fill the craving that doesn’t seem to quiet down.

Skin weakness

Premature aging is even a result of too much sugar in the diet. The repair of collagen is interrupted leading to wrinkles and overall reduced elasticity of the skin.

Fatter by the day

As the liver works to metabolize sugar for energy, it takes all that it can manage and allows the rest of the sugar to be converted into fat. That fat is then deposited as energy stores meant to be used when we are low. Unfortunately, we rarely get low on the intake of more energy, so that fat just accumulates leading to obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases.

Cellular breakdown

The very sugar our cells can use for energy, also speeds up the oxidation process that causes damage. Repeated damage causes weakness and even failure of the tissues and organs throughout the body. For example, this deterioration has been linked to liver disease, kidney failure, and cataracts.

Addiction

They call it a drug more addicting than cocaine! Sugar signals the release of dopamine in the brain which gives you a rush. Over time, it requires more and more dopamine to get that same rush. Thus, more sugar is required to get that same feeling, and we are hooked.

Internal stress

Initially, eating sugar decreases cortisol in the body. Cortisol has been dubbed the “stress hormone”, so it sounds great that it would be decreased. Unfortunately, habitual sugar consumption leads to insulin resistance and potential diabetic conditions. The stress roller coaster becomes a very dangerous ride when it means your body no longer functions properly!

The Crash

That sugar high that most parents dread in their children comes with a nasty after effect too. The rapid surge of energy that a blast of sugar fuels, is followed by an equally drastic crash when those sugars have been carried away and have been metabolized. The vicious cycle begins when we seek out more sugar to get back up to that high point...only to fall again.

Sugar does more harm than good. Evidence continues to underline that point day after day. In one of the richest nations in the world, our children are quite literally starved of the nutrition they need to function well in school and grow up strong and healthy. Citizens Against Sugar are banding together to illuminate the dangers and lead the way toward freedom from harmful diets. Together we can influence the changes that will protect and secure the wellness and longevity of ourselves and those we love.

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