A cup of tea or coffee, a milkshake or cold drink, your favorite dessert or even the daily bread. What is common to all of them? Sugar!! Though a very big source of energy and taste……we must stop and think for once the various undersides of having sugar in our daily diet. Sugar consists mainly of two components, glucose which the body converts to energy(essential to all forms of life to function) and fructose, the bad carbohydrate. Made of sugarcane, we seldom eat it in the form nature provides us.
All the goodness of sugarcane is discarded and just the sugar is taken from it. This is then processed to get the white sugar which we use for daily consumption. When this processed sugar is eaten, our internal system goes into an endless laborious trail of metabolising these molecules of sugar. The body ends up in becoming devoid of all its nutrients, which further leads to a lot of diseases. Some of the health problems it poses are.
10 Bitter Truths Of Sugar:
Weak Immune System
Just 1 tbsp of sugar has the ability to suppress the immune system for 6 hours. It also acts as a catalyst to fungi, parasites, and yeast giving them all the requisites to grow and thrive inside the body. The immune system becomes weak and stops responding and the body loses its ability to fight infections and get prone to diseases like arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, and even cancer.
This the biggest known threat of sugar. Diabetes can lead to loss of sight, nerve damage and limbs also get damaged and have to be amputated in severe cases. What happens is, the cells in the body do not embrace insulin anymore. Glucose enters and floods the bloodstream, causing a number of problems. This is insulin resistance, leading to type 2 diabetes.
When there is too much sugar intake, the glucose becomes abundant in the blood. The pancreas has to release insulin to combat this excess. This creates high sugar ‘glucose’ levels in the body. Insulin controls this activity leaving the body tired and extremely worn out.
Obesity And Fxcess Fat
Too much sugar intake hamper metabolism and the ability of the body to convert “fat” into “energy” is retarded. Fructose is not totally burned and eventually figures its way into the body in the form of flab. This leads to obesity and weight gain.
Uric acid is elevated by too much fructose, causing the muscles cells to shrink. This raises blood pressure and is even fatal to the kidneys.
High sugar levels in the body can lead to heart failure. The muscles of the heart become weak and there is difficulty in pumping blood. Also, the level of HDL which is the good cholesterol is lowered.
The brain cells start aging, the memory becomes weak and a lot of cognitive diseases are on the rise.
It is the most threatening disease and cancer cells are very fond of sugar. These cells put a check on the metabolism of glucose. If the growth of glucose which is the basis of energy to the body is cut off, the body depletes.
When there is too much of sugar content in the body, the liver gets overloaded with fructose. This leads to fatty liver, which is a vicious cycle in which the fatty liver is always hungry for more and more fructose.
Children love everything sugary. But parents should always be careful as too much sugar can deteriorate tooth health. A “sweet” mouth provides ground for bacteria to breed in the mouth, leading to a number of dental problems.