Can Too Much Sugar Be Killing You & Your Loved Ones?
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By Dr. Mercola
You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea. You bake it into pastries, cakes, & cookies. You even sprinkle it all over your breakfast cereal or your oatmeal for added “flavor.”
But that’s not all. It’s moreover hidden in some beloved “treats” that people consume on a daily basis, such as sodas, fruit juices, candies, & ice cream. It moreover lurks in almost all processed foods, including breads, meats, & even your favorite condiments like Worcestershire sauce & ketchup.
It’s none other than sugar. Most people view sugary foods as tasty, satisfying, & irresistible treats. But I believe that there are three words that can more accurately describe sugar: toxic, addicting, & deadly.
Sugar, in my opinion, is one of the most damaging substances that you can ingest – & what’s terrifying approximately it is that it’s just so abundant in our everyday diet. This intense addiction to sugar is becoming rampant, not just among adults, yet in children as well.
But how exactly does sugar work in our body, & what are the side effects of eating too much sugar on people’s health?
Why Is Excessive Sugar Bad for Your Health?
Today, an average American consumes approximately 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. New numbers came out in February 2015. The Washington Post did a story on it using grams (4 grams = 1 tsp). They quoted Euromonitor’s study, which said Americans are now consuming 126 grams, which would equal close to 32 teaspoons.
Euromonitor’s study costs $1200 to access; the Washington Post interprets the study for free here. It’s unquestionably alarming, considering the average Englishman during the 1700s only consumed four pounds of sugar per year1 – & that’s most likely from healthful natural sources like fruits, & not from the processed foods you see in supermarket shelves today.
What’s even more disturbing is that people are consuming excessive sugar in the form of fructose or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This highly processed form of sugar is cheaper yet 20 percent sweeter than regular table sugar, which is why many food & beverage manufacturers decided to use it for their products, as it would allow them to save money in the long run.
HFCS is found in almost all types of processed foods & drinks today. Just take a look at this infographic to see just how much fructose is hiding in some of the most usual foods you eat.
The offensive news is that the human body is not made to consume excessive amounts of sugar, especially in the form of fructose. In fact, your body metabolizes fructose differently than sugar. It is actually a hepatotoxin & is metabolized directly into fat – factors that can cause a whole host of problems that can have far-reaching effects on your health.
Effects of Consuming Too Much Sugar
Here are some of the effects that consuming too much sugar has on your health:
It overloads & damages your liver. The effects of too much sugar or fructose can be likened to the effects of alcohol. All the fructose you eat gets shuttled to the only organ that has the transporter for it: your liver. This severely taxes & overloads the organ, leading to potential liver damage.
It tricks your body into gaining weight & affects your insulin & leptin signaling. Fructose fools your metabolism by turning off your body’s appetite-control system. It fails to stimulate insulin, which in turn fails to suppress ghrelin, or “the hunger hormone,” which then fails to stimulate leptin or “the satiety hormone.” This causes you to eat more & develop insulin resistance
It causes metabolic dysfunction. Eating too much sugar causes a barrage of symptoms known as classic metabolic syndrome. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL & increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, & high blood pressure.
It increases your uric acid levels. High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart & kidney disease. In fact, the connection between fructose, metabolic syndrome, & your uric acid is now so clear that your uric acid level can now be used as a marker for fructose toxicity.
According to the latest research, the safest range of uric acid is between 3 to 5.5 milligrams per deciliter. If your uric acid level is higher than this, then it’s clear that you are at risk to the negative health impacts of fructose.
Sugar Increases Your Risk of Disease
One of the most severe effects of eating too much sugar is its potential to wreak havoc on your liver, leading to a condition known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Yes, the same disease that you can obtain from excessive alcohol intake can moreover be caused by excessive sugar (fructose) intake. Dr. Lustig explained the three similarities between alcohol & fructose.
Your liver metabolizes alcohol the same way as sugar, as both serve as substrates for converting dietary carbohydrate into fat. This promotes insulin resistance, fatty liver, & dyslipidemia (abnormal fat levels in your blood)
Fructose undergoes the Maillard reaction with proteins. This causes superoxide free radicals to form, resulting in inflammation – a condition that can be moreover caused by acetaldehyde, a metabolite of ethanol
Fructose can directly & indirectly stimulate the brain’s “hedonic pathway,” creating habituation & dependence, the same way that ethanol does
But if you think that’s the only way eating too much sugar wreaks havoc on your body, you’re dead wrong. Research from some of America’s most respected institutions now confirms that sugar is a primary dietary factor that drives obesity & chronic disease development.
One study found that fructose is readily used by cancer cells to increase their proliferation – it “feeds” the cancer cells, promoting cell division & speeding their growth, which allow the cancer to spread faster.
Alzheimer’s disease is another deadly illness that can arise from too much sugar consumption. A growing body of research found a powerful connection between a high-fructose diet & your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, through the same pathway that causes type 2 diabetes. According to some experts, Alzheimer’s & other brain disorders may be caused by the constant burning of glucose for fuel by your brain.
Other diseases that are linked to metabolic syndrome & may potentially arise because of too much sugar consumption include
How to Manage and/or Limit Your Sugar Consumption
Sugar, in its natural form, is not inherently bad, as long as it’s consumed in moderation. This means avoiding all sources of fructose, particularly processed foods & beverages like soda. According to SugarScience.org, 74 percent of processed foods contain added sugar stealthily hidden under more than 60 different names.4 Ideally, you should spend 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, & only 10 percent or less on processed foods.
I moreover advise you to severely limit your consumption of refined carbohydrates (waffles, cereals, bagels, etc.) & grains, as they actually break down to sugar in your body, which increases your insulin levels & causes insulin resistance.
As a general recommendation, I advise you to keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day, including that from whole fruit. Keep in mind that although fruits are rich in nutrients & antioxidants, they moreover naturally contain fructose, & if consumed in high amounts may actually worsen your insulin sensitivity & raise your uric acid levels. Check out this article to see how much fructose is in the usual fruits you eat.
Remember that artificial sweeteners like aspartame & sucralose are moreover a no-no, as they actually come with a whole new set of health problems that are much worse than what sugar or corn syrup can bring. Here are some additional dietary tips to remember:
Increase your consumption of healthy fats, such as omega-3, saturated, & monounsaturated fats. Your body needs health-promoting fats from animal & vegetable sources for optimal functioning. In fact, emerging evidence suggests that healthy fats should make up at least 70 percent of your diet. Some of the best sources include organic butter from raw milk, (unheated) virgin olive oil, coconut oil, raw nuts like pecans & macadamia, free-range eggs, avocado, & wild Alaskan salmon.
Drink pure, clean water. Simply swapping out all the sweetened beverages like sodas & fruit juices for pure water can go a long way toward improving your health. The best way to gauge your water needs is to observe the color of your urine (it should be light pale yellow) & the frequency of your bathroom visits (ideally, this is around seven to eight times per day).
Add fermented foods to your meals. The beneficial bacteria in these healthful foods can support your digestion & provide detoxification support, which helps lessen the fructose burden on your liver. Some of the best choices include kimchi, natto, organic yogurt & kefir made from grass-fed milk, & fermented vegetables.
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