In part one of “Sugar – Why is it So Bad for You” we learned what sugar is and how it offers nothing in the way of nutritional value. We also discovered it’s “sneaked” into just about every package and box on our supermarket shelves, and it comes in many forms and names.
In this second post I’ll explore some of the more darker secrets of sugar and the impact on your body.
Apart from being full of empty calories it can work in the reverse in our attempts to be healthy in terms of eating. Here we’ll learn some more about why sugar has such a harmful effect on us.
Damaging Effects of Sugar:
It’s a common misnomer that sugar is only bad for you when ingested in large quantities, like sitting down and eating a large amount of candy all at once or eating cookies and chocolate bars twice a day for weeks and months at a time. That isn’t the case. Sugar is a pure chemical and even moderate amounts can do you harm.
Besides the fact that sugar is addictive, it also happens to be the number one cause of dental problems. It can be blamed for the development of cavities in teeth, bleeding gums, loss of teeth and bone structure problems.
Sugar is the main cause of diabetes, hypoglycemia, and hyperglycemia. It has also been shown to play a role in the development of heart disease, hypertension, cancer and arteriosclerosis. Sugar has also been linked to mental illness, depression and senility.
Sugar is also not kind to the endocrine system as it has a difficult type coping with the introduction of sugar to its delicate functioning. It unbalances the system and harms the adrenal glands, the liver and the pancreas. It can also cause the level of blood sugar to fluctuate tremendously.
All this in itself is quite enough… but this is only the beginning …
Sugar has caused other ill effects in the body. It can increase chronic fatigue and the symptoms of PMS. It can lead to weight gain and/or a difficulty in shedding pounds because it keeps insulin levels high which causes the body to store excess carbohydrates as fat. If you’re trying to decrease fat on your body then sweet and sugary foods are poison to you.
Sugar can increase the overgrowth of the yeast candida. It can also increase anxiety, irritability and feelings of panic in those who are prone to it. It can also increase hyperactivity in approximately 50 percent of children.
Knowing all of these things about sugar demands you take a close inventory of what you’re eating and what you allow in your pantry. If sugar shows up on your plate too often then it’s time to look for some natural healthy alternatives.
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