Sugar in whatever form is a toxin and the driving force behind many major killers, like diabetes, hypertension, obesity and heart disease. few years, there’s a new food bad guy in town—and right now, it’s sugar. Some experts have even declared it a “poison” that’s “killing us.” Yet could the sweet stuff people have been eating forever really be so terrible?
Apparently it is. Here are few reasons because of which you should leave sugar :
- Diabetes – Until recently, researchers believed that obesity was the major cause of diabetes, not sugar. However, new research has shown that sugar has a contributory effect to diabetes, beyond simply the calories that it contains. An increase of roughly one can of soda per day was associated with a 1.1% increase in diabetes prevalence.
- Impaired Learning & Memory – A study shows that a diet high in fructose can impair the ability to learn and remember. This is particularly concerning given the consumption of high-fructose corn syrup. A diet rich in omega-3 can reduce the damage.
- Tooth Decay – The link between sugar and tooth decay is well established. There is also significant evidence that maintaining your intake of excess sugars at below 5% of your diet will help to avoid cavities.
- Asthma – A study showed children who drank more than half a litre of soft drinks per day were significantly more likely to suffer from asthma or COPD. The greater the consumption of soft drinks, the more likely an individual is to suffer from one of these respiratory conditions.
- Heart Disease – Individuals who consume 25% of their calories in the form of sugar were found to have double the risk of heart disease vs. those whose intake was 7%.
- Imbalanced Gut Flora – Research shows that switching to a high-sugar diet can alter the composition of your gut flora within 24 hours. Imbalances in our gut flora can weaken immunity, impair digestion, increase inflammation, and much more.
- Obesity – Studies in both adults and children have demonstrated a link between sugar sweetened beverages and weight gain. Children should minimise their intake of these drinks.
- Increased Risk Of Cancer – Sugar consumptions has been linked to increased risk for ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer among others. Sugar also leads to obesity, which has been linked to a longer list of cancers.
- Higher Cholesterol – Increased sugar consumption increased several risk factors for heart disease, including the amount of LDL cholesterol and the ratio between LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol and HDL (‘good’) cholesterol.
- Fasting Aging – It has been long known that diabetics age faster than other people. Excess blood sugar binds with amino acid molecules. The resulting advanced glycation end products prematurely age our skin, and are a factor in many age related diseases.
So have you decided to quit sugar? Not yet? Think Again.