Sugar – sometimes I pity the poor component, what with the way it’s blamed for all problems occurring with the human body. I mean yeah even we have made it out to be the bad guy on many occasions, but still, at the end of the day, truth is Sugar in itself is not the vamp, it’s the ‘excessive’ that reels a person in.
All types of sugar (sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose) are kind of carbohydrates, when consumed by the body they are broken to provide energy to our body. Starting from the liver it travels to all parts of the body and distributes energy wherever needed and the rest is stored in the form of fat. All grains and fruit and vegetables have naturally occurring sugar in them. So you have the natural sugar and added sugar. We have all heard that added sugar is worse than natural sugar. However, the truth is that even the added sugar is made from naturally existing sugars, the only difference is that with natural sugar you get some nutrients and fiber along with it, slowing down the absorption of glucose in the bloodstream. But any sugar in excess even the naturally occurring one will ruin your body in the following ways:
- There is always a correlation between sugar and weight. Sugar has often been linked to weight gain issues and even though there isn’t an exact study, somehow too much sugar can be a reason behind obesity.
- It increases the risk of diabetes. When your diet provides you with large sums of sugar then the body has to produce more and more insulin to combat it. As your body becomes habitual to insulin, it develops resistance and thus increases your risk of diabetes.
- Like we mentioned before, if you consume high sugar then it starts getting stored in your liver as well, making you more susceptible to fatty liver disease.
- With liver having more fat stored (thanks to the extra sugar) you have more fatty energy going in your body, which raises your triglycerides and cholesterol levels. And this is why sugar is negatively associated with heart and is considered a reason behind many cardiovascular problems.
- Sugar reacts with the bacteria in your mouth and disrupts the Ph balance. This leads to loss of enamel, and decays your tooth, and is a downer for your smile.
- There has been some research that also shows that a high intake of sugars also leads to the aging of cells similar to that of smoking. Which means not just bad skin but a reduced number of years as well.
Now you see what I was getting at. So yes! adding extra sugar to your life can bitter up your life. Make sure you don’t go overboard with it and keep it to the required levels. So you can stay energized and healthy.