Your body on sweets: The alarming impact of added sugars
From spreads to jams to even so-called healthy snacks such as peanut butter, added sugars are everywhere!
For people that consume processed foods daily, added sugar is a major contributor to their daily calorie intake. In actuality, only 10% of our daily calorie intake should be from added sugars. Added sugars can have an alarming impact on your health.
But, what are added sugars and how are they different from natural sugars?
Added sugars are those sugars that are added into foods during the processing of foods. They include corn syrup, maple syrup, cane juice and more. Added sugars do not provide the body with any nutritional value besides calories. Natural sugars on the other hand occur naturally in whole foods such as fruits. Whole foods can have added benefits such as being rich in antioxidants and fibre.
Added sugars can lead to major health concerns, continue reading to find out what.
1. Can lead to obesity
Obesity has taken the world by a storm, and one of the largest culprits for widespread obesity is the colas and aerated drinks we consume. These drinks are artificially sweetened with added sugars namely high sugar fructose. Fructose can increase your appetite and cause resistance to the hormone leptin. Leptin is the hormone responsible for regulating hunger in our body and sending signals to us letting us know that we are full. When we develop a resistance to leptin, we are unable to understand when the body is full and when to stop eating. As a result, one can experience weight gain that increases the risk of obesity.
2. Increase the risk of heart disease
Consuming added sugars can put you at the risk of developing major heart disease. This is because high sugar diets can cause obesity, high triglyceride, high blood sugar, blood pressure and even inflammation. These in turn lead to the development of blocked arteries and fat deposits in our blood stream. The result of this can be major heart diseases.
3. Can cause acne
Did you know that consuming too much sugar can lead to acne? The truth is that when you consume too much sugar, your blood sugar levels tend to spike. As a result, the androgen secretion in your body increases. This leads to high oil production and inflammation. This combination of events in our bodies, can play a crucial role in developing acne. A scientific study has even proven that teenagers who consume sugar more frequently were more likely to develop acne than those who did not.
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4. Can cause Type-2 diabetes
Excessive sugar consumption over a long period of time can lead to insulin resistance. This is because added sugar intake has empty calories which can lead to major weight gain and obesity. When you put on weight, your body’s insulin sensitivity decreases. This puts you at a risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
5. Risk of cancer
When you consume excessive amounts of added sugar, it can put you at risk of developing certain cancers. One of the reasons why the risk of esophageal cancer, pleural cancer and small intestine cancer increases is because of the excess weight gain that added sugars can cause. Finally, added sugars can also accelerate the process of ageing and can increase the risk of depression. Therefore, it is always better to avoid sugar as much as possible. If you are someone who loves drinking sodas, you will be happy to know that there is a healthier alternative.
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So, the next time you are craving for a glass of cola, instead of giving into it, use Plix’s ACV drink that comes in a Himalayan Apple Juice flavour and welcome good health.
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