Sugar. It’s sweet, it’s delicious, it is the single, worst ingredient in the modern diet and one of the leading causes of diabetes, weight gain, liver disease and obesity.
But before I share 55 Ways Sugar Damages Your Health, I wanted to share an article recently posted by The New York Times, How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat that calls out the sugar industry and the millions of dollars invested in crooked marketing to make consumers believe that fat was poison and the culprit behind chronic diseases—hence the boom of Fat Free products.
I highly recommend reading the entire article, but here is an expert to get you started:
The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show. The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.
Last year, an article in The New York Times revealed that Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, had provided millions of dollars in funding to researchers who sought to play down the link between sugary drinks and obesity. In June, The Associated Press reported that candy makers were funding studies that claimed that children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who do not.
In case the article isn’t enough proof, here are:
55 Ways Sugar Damages Your Health
1. Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.
2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
3. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.
5. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.
6. Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.
7. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.
8. Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
9. Sugar can cause premature aging. In fact, the single most important factor that accelerates
aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar.
10. Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.
11. Sugar contributes to obesity.
12. Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis.
13. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
14. Sugar can cause gallstones.
15. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
16. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
17. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
18. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
19. Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.
20. Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.
21. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
22. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are sugar molecules that attach to and damage proteins in your body. AGEs speed up the aging of cells, which may contribute to a variety of chronic and fatal diseases.
23. Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.
24. Sugar causes food allergies.
25. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
26. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
27. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.
28. Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the
proteins act in your body.
29. Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
30. Sugar can cause emphysema.
31.Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide, and it can increase the amount of fat in your liver, leading to fatty liver disease.
32. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones. Fructose is helping to drive up rates of kidney disease.
33. Sugar can damage your pancreas.
34. Sugar can increase your body’s fluid retention.
35. Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.
36. Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.
37. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
38. Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect your children’s grades and cause
39. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves, which can alter your
ability to think clearly.
40. Sugar can cause depression.
41. Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. MRI studies show that adults 60 and older who have high uric acid are four to five times more likely to have vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s.
42. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.
43. Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.
44. Sugar is an addictive substance.
45. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
46. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
47. Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
48. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
49. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
50. Intravenous feedings (IVs) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.
51. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
52. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
53. In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives.
54. In juvenile rehabilitation centers, when children were put on low sugar diets, there was a
44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.
55. Sugar can cause gum disease.
It should now be crystal clear just how damaging sugar is. You simply cannot achieve your highest degree of health and vitality if you are consuming a significant amount of it. There are so many alternatives to sugar and the more mindful you are of making conscious decisions (ie reading labels and understanding how much sugar is present in foods, even fruits and veggies), the easier it will be to make healthy decisions and the more your body will thank you.