A slice of cake followed by scoop of ice-cream and some soda at the end may sound and taste like a delicious idea. However, it doesn’t do any good for your health. Wondering why? Let’s take a look at some of the ways too much sugar negatively impacts your health:
1 – Causes Weight Gain
About 40% of the world’s adult population is obese and sugar is a contributing factor. Sugary beverages are especially evil as they don’t stop hunger, allowing a person to consume more liquid calories at one time. Basically, most foods and drinks contain a simple type of sugar called fructose. Excessive fructose intake expands hunger and suppresses leptin. This is how sugar causes weight gain.
2 – Ups Diabetes Type II Risk
Diabetes is common health concern and it shares an obvious link with sugar. Excessive sugar consumption resists the production of insulin, the hormone that regulates healthy blood sugar levels. This causes blood sugar levels to catapult which increases the odds of diabetes. Excess consumption of sodas, and even fruit juice, can give a rise to the risk of diabetes.
3 – Increases Heart Disease Risk
Cardiovascular disease, which happens to be the leading cause of death globally, can be caused by a high sugar diet. Basically, too much sugar intake can clog the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis. This condition can lead to heart disease and stroke. Sugary drinks increase visceral fat which is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
4 – May Increase Cancer Risk
Too much sugar intake can increase the risk of obesity. It also causes insulin resistance and inflammation. These three are risk factors for developing cancer. The intake of too much sugar is associated to esophageal cancer, pleural cancer, and even the cancer that develops in the small intestine. However, more research is needed to confirm the relation between cancer and sugar.
5 – May Up Depression Risk
Sugar, and processed foods of all kind, do no good for your mental health either even though they may make you feel happier in the instant you take your first bite. You see, sugar is connected to a higher risk of developing depression. This is because sugar causes blood sugar fluctuations, dysregulation of neurotransmitter as well as inflammation.
6 – Lowers Energy Levels
When you consume sugary foods, you experience an instant spike in energy levels. However, this effect doesn’t last. This is because foods that are sugar laden but are not rich in protein, fiber or fat instantly boost energy and then make energy levels drop just as fast. To increase energy levels without a crash in them, consume foods that are also rich in proteins, carbs, and good fats.
7 – Accelerates Skin Aging
Your skin will eventually age. However, sugar speeds up the process and gives you wrinkles earlier than their time. This is because sugar reacts with proteins to form Advanced glycation end products. AGEs cause skin to age prematurely and damage the proteins collagen and elastin that keep skin firm and healthy. Lack of collagen and elastin causes skin to sag and loose its tightness.