Why is it that all of the best things to eat are bad for you? Cake, cookies, pudding, soda, everyone of them are bad for you. And, what makes them so good to eat? Sugar, that’s what. Thank heaven the authorities who research these things are not telling us to avoid sugar completely. They just want us to cut it down to no more than 10% of our daily intake of calories. If you don’t know why sugar is so bad for us, I’ve down a bit of research, and I’ll share what I found out with you.
Sugar Can’t Add, But It Can Take Away How many years, decades even, have we been told to avoid too much sugar? For much longer than any of us has been alive, the authorities have been harping about how harmful sugar is. But still, we Americans continue to eat the stuff with reckless abandon. At this point, 16% of an American diet is made up of sugar. Sadly, sugar adds nothing but caloric energy to our body. There are no proteins, no nutrients, or vitamins in sugar. This is why sugar has the nickname ‘empty calories’. Not only is sugar adding nothing to our quest for good health, it is taking away precious health and stamina. It also eats away our teeth, and there is nothing good about tooth decay. It is painful and unpleasant to look at. The bad bacteria in our mouth just loves to feast on the sugar clinging to our teeth and gums. According to MyFitnessPal, “Sugar is getting torched this year as both the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee and now the World Health Organization (WHO) have urged us to reduce our general consumption.” It is their strong recommendation that no more than 10% of our total caloric consumption be allowed from free sugars.
What Are Free Sugars & Added Sugars The sugars and syrups that are added to anything we eat or drink are added sugars. They are added during processing or preparation. Those naturally occurring sugars that are are found in fresh fruit and vegetables are not referred to by WHO. This is because there is no evidence of any bad effects coming from consuming them. The natural sugar found in milk is also found to be free from bad effects.
What added sugar does bring to the tables we want to avoid. Things like an overweight body, a much higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Metabolic syndrome and and diabetes is brought on by the consumption of too much sugar. Too much glucose, caused by habitual high sugar use, causes blindness. Many, many studies have shown that high sugar consumption can lead to cancer. With many people, sugar can be abused just like drugs are abused. Sugar causes dopamine release in the brain’s reward center. It is possible to become highly addicted to sugar.
What Does Sugar Do to Our Liver? While still in our digestive tract, sugar separates into two different sugars. There is glucose and fructose. According to Google, glucose is “a simple sugar that is an important energy source in living organisms and is a component of many carbohydrates. Also, it’s a syrup containing glucose and other sugars, made by hydrolysis of starch and used in the food industry.” Fructose is, “a hexose sugar found especially in honey and fruit.” The problem is only the liver metabolizes the fructose. The liver turns the fructose into glycogen where it is stored up until needed. So if we have eaten a lot of fructose, the liver gets overloaded and turns the fructose into fat. Habitual over consuming sugar will end up causing a fatty liver and that will lead to many unwanted problems. Once the liver sends out its fat, which usually ends up as belly fat, it does hang on to some of the it. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a term used to describe the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol.More and more of the ailment is being diagnosed within the United States. In the beginning of this post I asked, Why is sugar bad?” I believe I have answered this question clearly. If you think you are addicted to sugar, I highly recommend you start backing off from your sugar intake. It’s not easy, but it can be done, many have. It’s not that we should never eat sugar, we just need to reduce our intake down to at least 10% of our caloric intake. Those of you who are not addicted, good for you. Make every effort to stay that way.
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