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Sugar Isn't Sweet At All

By now we all know that we should be consuming less sugar. The sweet crystalline substance feeds cancer cells, contributes to obesity, raises blood sugar, rots your teeth, amongst many other detrimental things. Here are a few of the worst effects sugar has on your overall system.

EL’s recommendation: Read food labels. Look at the sugar content per serving of what you are consuming. Minimize the sugar intake in your diet by always keeping it under 10g of sugar per meal/snack and try to in total keep it below 40g per day. Opt for natural sugar, rather than refined sugar. You can find this in whole fruits and vegetables. Not cakes and candies. By doing this simple act, your entire body will thank you. Sugar may be sweet, but only for a few seconds.

1. Sugar Contains Zero Essential Nutrients

This is worth repeating. Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with ZERO essential nutrients.

For this reason, they are called “empty” calories. No vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – nothing!

There are no proteins, essential fats, nothing… just temporary energy.

2. Sugar Causes Insulin Resistance, a Stepping Stone Toward Diabetes

Insulin is a very important hormone in the body. It allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter cells from the bloodstream and tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat.

Having too much sugar in the blood is terribly toxic, and one of the reasons for complications of diabetes, like blindness.

Too much sugar intake causes your cells to become “resistant” to utilizing it.

This is known as “insulin resistance”, which is a leading driver of many diseases including obesity, cardiovascular disease and especially type II diabetes.

3. Sugar Feeds Cancer Cells

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and is characterized by uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells.

Insulin is one of the key hormones in regulating this sort of growth.

For this reason, many scientists have done studies showing that having constantly elevated insulin levels (a consequence of sugar consumption) can contribute to cancer.

Multiple studies show that people who eat a lot of sugar are at a much higher risk of getting cancer

4. Addiction

Because sugar consumption causes massive dopamine release in the brain, it’s highly addictive. For this reason, people who have a susceptibility to addiction can become strongly addicted to sugar and other junk foods. The “everything in moderation” message may be a bad idea for people who are addicted to junk food. My theory is, don’t buy it and bring it home – if it’s not there, you won’t eat it. Avoid buying high sugary snacks and convenience foods and load up that fridge with fruits, vegetables – the cabinet with nuts, low fat cheese, and other effective snack ideas.

5. Sugar is a Leading Contributor to Obesity in Both Children and Adults

The way sugar affects hormones and the brain is incredible. It actually leads to decreased satiety. High sugary foods keep you full for a good 10 minutes. And as it’s addictive, people tend to lose control over their consumption. Not surprisingly, people who consume the most sugar are by far the most likely to become overweight or obese. One of the most important things you can do if you need to lose weight is to significantly cut back on sugar consumption.