Is Sugar Really Bad For Human Health?

Did you know that there was a time when sugar was available to humans only in fruit season? Almost 80,000 years ago the hunters ate fruit only when they were competing with birds, but now we can have sugar at our doorstep. Starting from marinara sauce to peanut butter, sugar is almost present in every product. Experts have revealed that our modern sugar intake is really dangerous for healthy life. Even governments are trying to put a tax on it. A Survey report has revealed that in U.S., sugar accounts for 17% of the total calorie intake of adults and 14% of children.  It is medically proven that people who eat more sugar are likely to have a higher risk of diabetes type 2, cancer and many other heart diseases. We have collected a list of reasons why consumption of too much sugar is bad for your health. Have a look below:

Weight gain:

You might have read that rate of obesity is rising day by day due to our change diet habits. Sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas, juices and sweet teas have a lot of fructose in them, which increase the hunger level of a human. Additionally the excessive intake of fructose can stop the production of leptin, a special hormone that tells our body to stop eating. All these sugary items boost up your hunger level, thus resulting in weight gain.

Risk of heart diseases:

Many evidences have revealed that high sugar diets can cause many heart problems. It is said that consumption of too much sugar especially through drinks can lead to atherosclerosis, a disease in which our arteries got a heavy deposit of fats.

The Higher risk of developing acne:

It is scientifically proven that high sugary foods and drinks can cause higher risk of developing acne. Sugary foods rapidly spike glucose and insulin levels, causing expanded androgen discharge, oil creation and aggravation, all of which play important role in developing acne.

Diabetes:

In the past 30 years, we have seen a tremendous increase in diabetic patients. Although there are many reasons behind, but the most important source of this disease is the consumption of excessive sugar. The prolonged consumption of high sugar motivates the resistance to insulin, which is a special hormone that is produced by our pancreas in order to regulate the blood sugar level in our body.

Cause of Cancer:

Excessive amount of sugar can cause many types of cancers. The higher consumption of sugary and processed foods can cause obesity, which is the biggest cause of cancer. The diet that contains higher sugar can cause inflammation in the human body and may also be responsible in causing insulin resistance, both of which can lead to birth of cancerous cells.

Lead to Fatty liver:

Did you know that higher intake of fructose is the cause behind the increased risk of fatty liver? Fructose is the ingredient present in sugar like glucose, which is probably broken down by the liver. In liver fructose is converted or stored as glycogen. Large amount of sugar will overload your liver, ultimately leading to fatty liver diseases.

Higher Risk of Depression:

It is medically proven that a healthy diet helps to boost up your mood while on the other hand the consumption of high sugar and processed foods may cause depression and anxiety. A study has revealed that sugary drinks and cakes have been associated with higher risk of anxiety in humans.

Accelerate the Skin Aging Process:

It is common that wrinkles appear on skin with the age, but did you know that poor food choices will speed the skin aging process. Due to the reaction between protein and sugar, a compound is formed in our body known as advanced glycation end products (AGES). AGES actually play a great role in skin aging. Higher consumption of sugar leads to increase produced to AGES in our body which in turn affects our skin.

Increase Cellular Aging:

The end part of chromosomes known as telomeres are actually made up of molecules that contain all the genetic information. Telomeres play an important role in protecting chromosomes from deteriorating or blending together. As we grow old, these telomeres naturally shorten up, which cause cells to break down. Although it’s a natural process, but consuming high sugar will accelerate it, thus leading to cellular aging.

Drains Your Energy:

Foods that contain high sugar immediately attack on our blood sugar and insulin levels, which ultimately lead to increased energy level. However, this increase in energy level is for a short period of time. Experts have revealed that products that contain more sugar, but less protein, fiber or fat can immediately boost our energy level. This process causes a sharp drop in our blood sugar level, which is often known as a crash. In order to avoid this energy draining process, you should choose those foods that have low sugar and rich level of fiber in them.