Side effects of sugar consumption
Sugar is currently the worst substance in the modern diet. This substance has destructive effects on the body’s metabolism and causes various diseases.
Be with this post; We want to talk to you about the harms of sugar and the reasons why it should not be consumed in the diet.
1. Not only does sugar not add nutrients to the diet, it is also harmful to the teeth
I know you have heard millions of times about the dangers of sugar and tooth decay, but this is so important that it is worth repeating. Excess sugar (such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) is actually a complete package of calories without any nutrients, meaning that consuming only calories enters the body, that’s all! Something we are always looking to lose, especially for weight loss. There is no protein, not even essential fats and no vitamins or minerals in sugar. Imagine when 10 to 20 percent (maybe even more) of the body’s calories come from sugar intake, we will have major problems such as lack of nutrients. On the other hand, sugar is very harmful to the teeth, because it provides the energy needed for the growth and development of bad bacteria in the mouth and prepares the environment for them to circulate easily in our mouths.
۲. Consumption of fructose-rich sugar leads to liver fullness
In order to understand how bad sugar consumption can be, we must first understand what elements this harmful food is made of. Before the sugar, or sugar in the sugar, enters the bloodstream from the gastrointestinal tract, its structure is broken down into two simple sugars, glucose and fructose.
- Glucose is present in every living cell and even if we do not add it to our diet, the body makes it.
- Fructose is different and because the body does not need it physiologically, it usually does not produce it.
The remarkable thing about fructose is that it is metabolized to a significant extent by the liver. Of course, if we consume small amounts of foods such as fruits, especially after exercise, we will not have a problem in this regard. The fructose received by fruits is converted to glycogen and stored in the liver for as long as the body needs it. In this case, if excess glycogen is stored in the liver (this is a very common failure), excess fructose will inevitably be converted to fat.
In fact, eating too much sugar can lead to fatty liver and a variety of serious problems. Rest assured, this extra fructose is not the result of eating too much fruit and is the result of eating artificial sugary sweets. Dear friends, we need a big change in our diet in this regard, because people who are healthy and active burn more sugar than inactive people who have a bad diet and receive more carbohydrates and calories, and their bodies have a higher capacity to receive sugar. So we need to change our lifestyle and be more active.
3. Increased fructose in the liver leads to fatty liver disease
One of the disadvantages of sugar is the increase in fructose in the liver. When fructose is converted to fat in the liver, it enters the body as cholesterol particles (VLDL). But not all fat is removed from the liver in this way, but some of it remains in the liver. This can cause fatty liver-like symptoms. Unfortunately, this is one of the growing problems, especially in Western countries, which is associated with metabolic symptoms. Studies show that people with fatty liver use about 2 to 3 times more fructose than the average person in the community.
4. Sugar promotes insulin resistance and leads the body to metabolic syndrome and diabetes
Insulin is a very important hormone in the body that allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter the body’s cells through the bloodstream so that the cells burn glucose instead of burning fat, because too much glucose in the blood poisons the body. The reason for vision loss in diabetics is the same glucose poisoning.
One of the causes of metabolic disorders caused by improper diet is the cessation of insulin activity. In this case, the cells move towards insulin resistance. This leads to a variety of diseases, including metabolic syndrome, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and especially diabetes. Many studies show that sugar consumption, especially high consumption, is associated with insulin resistance.
5. Insulin resistance may lead to type 2 diabetes
When the body’s cells are resistant to the effects of insulin, the beta cells in the pancreas produce more of it, and this is very important because chronic high blood sugar can cause severe damage to the body. Eventually, as insulin resistance gradually increases, the pancreas can no longer meet the body’s demand for adequate insulin production. Therefore, it can not keep blood sugar levels low enough.
At this stage, the blood sugar level rises rapidly and type 2 diabetes is diagnosed in the person. Given that sugar can cause insulin resistance, it is not surprising that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is 83% higher in people who like sugary drinks.
6. Sugar can be carcinogenic
Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide due to the proliferation of cells and their uncontrolled growth. Insulin is one of the key hormones in regulating this type of cell growth. For this reason, many researchers believe that a steady rise in insulin levels (which is one of the consequences of sugar consumption) could play a role in cancer. In addition, sugar-related metabolic problems, which are known to trigger various inflammations, are another potential cause of cancer. Studies show that people who consume large amounts of sugar are more likely than others to develop various inflammations and are more likely to develop cancer.
7. Due to the effect of sugar on hormones and the brain, sugar can cause obesity.
Not all calories are produced the same. Different foods have different effects on the brain and hormones that control food intake. Studies show that fructose does not have the same effects as glucose on satiety. In one research project, a number of subjects drank fructose-containing beverages and others consumed glucose-containing beverages. Studies have shown that satiety centers were much less active in the brains of fructose users and more likely to feel hungry. On the other hand, fructose does not reduce the activity of the hunger hormone (ghrelin) as much as glucose. Because the calories from sugar are not enough, the body needs to get more calories over time, so the person eats more and becomes obese.
8. Sugar releases a lot of dopamine in the brain, so it is addictive
Sugar can be addictive for many people, because like the effects of drug abuse, sugar releases dopamine into the brain center as a reward.
The problem with sugar and other snacks is that they release much more dopamine than other foods in nature. This is why people prone to addiction may become heavily dependent on sugar and other snacks. It is better that “everything is in moderation”. Although this message may not be to the liking of hilarious lovers, but my dear friends, unfortunately, the only way to quit addiction is to quit addiction.
9. Sugar is one of the effective factors in obesity in adults and children
Sugar affects hormones and causes the brain to make special prescriptions for the so-called obesity disaster. The brain slows down the process of satiety, as a result of which the person loses control and overeats, and certainly those who eat more are prone to obesity and overweight. It is important to know that this applies to all age groups. Studies show that there is a strong link between sugar consumption and obesity, of which we are all aware. This is especially worrying for children who are accustomed to drinking sugary sugary drinks with their meals, as these children are 60% more likely to be obese. If you really need to lose weight or have decided to lose weight, it is better to say goodbye to sugar.
10. It is not fat that raises cholesterol and increases heart disease, it is all the fault of sugar
For decades, people considered saturated fat to be the number one killer of the heart. But new studies show that saturated fats are harmless, and it is sugar that drives the body to heart disease due to the harmful effects of fructose on the fuel. Studies show that high fructose levels lead to elevated triglycerides, bad cholesterol (LDL) and oxidized LDL (very, very bad cholesterol). Elevated blood glucose and insulin levels increase abdominal obesity in less than 10 weeks, all of which are major risk factors for heart disease. It is not surprising, then, that studies have found a strong statistical link between sugar consumption and the risk of heart disease.
Dear friends, you should try to resist the consumption of sugar, because adding sugar or consuming sweet foods can be extremely harmful. Remember that absorbing false calories (sugar calories) is like sitting on the tip of an iceberg!