The Side Effects of Sugar

Sugar, simply, is just a pristine white powder we could sprinkle to our food like a fairy dust and it would magically taste better than before. However, did you know that behind its innocent clean look is a lurking bad side effect to our health? Here in this article, we discuss the side effects of sugar and why too much of it is not good for someone who is physically active.

To give a brief background, sugar was first cultivated by man on the island of New Guinea about 10,000 years ago. At that stage, it was simply picked and eaten raw. From there, it gradually spread and is believed to have reached mainland Asia about 1,000 BC. It was brought by the conquering Arab caliphs and while their power spread, sugar use spread too. The demand for the spice soared when the British and French discovered it, then the slave trade was born.

Side Effects of Sugar

That was the beginning of sugar, and it easily became a part of the human diet. In the 1700s, the average Englishman consumed four pounds per year. By 1800, that amount increased to 18 pounds, and today, the average American consumes 77 pounds of added sugar. Surprisingly, experts even believe now that sugar can easily become a complete addictive substance in much the same way as drugs are. In an experiment done by French scientists in Bordeaux, it was discovered that rats chose sugar rather than cocaine, even when they are addicted to cocaine.

What is the consequence of this sugar addiction of ours? 1/3 of adults have high blood pressure and 347 million suffer from diabetes. A lot of people blame this to cholesterol, but based on the records, over the last 20 years fat consumption in the US has gone down while obesity levels are going up faster than ever.

American endocrinologist Robert Lustig says, “It has nothing to do with calories. Sugar is a poison by itself when consumed in high doses.”

Side Effects of Sugar

Why Is Sugar More Trouble Than Good?

The problem is that sugar is very hard to avoid since it is an essential ingredient used by the food industry to add taste. Taste is even more important if a product is low on fat, which are purposely lowered to make people think they are eating something healthy. 80% of the food items for sale in the average supermarket contain added sugar. This could come in one or two different forms, but the most popular is high-fructose corn syrup.

This is where the problem lies. Our bodies have a problem in processing the fructose in sugars. An apple contains high quantities of fructose, but it is accompanied by fiber so it is easily processed by the stomach. Refined sugars, however, are sent directly to the liver, which soon becomes overloaded and is forced to store those sugars as fat—most commonly, belly fat. As a result of this, we become less energetic and move less, and as a result, we process the whole food we do eat less efficiently.

As previously stated, it is almost impossible to avoid sugar, but if we keep a daily limit of sugar intake, we should be staying safe and healthy.

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