It’s hard to say no to a piece of birthday cake at the office or a perfectly toasted crème brulee after a celebratory dinner. And while the occasion treat is understandable, overindulging or not watching for sugar additives in everyday foods can potentially have adverse affects on you and your family’s health.
One of the most obvious reasons to avoid sugar is its direct correlation to your waistline. As a high calorie, low nutrient substance (especially white refined sugar or other highly processed sweeteners), sugar is either quickly used by your system for energy or quickly stored as body fat for a later date. However, outside of needing to buy new pants, sugar can have some surprising and serious long term affects to your body.
Since the 1970s, sugar has been found to abrasively deplete bone mass and minerals. In particular, it impacts copper, calcium, and magnesium, weakening the very core of our bodies.
That delicious devil sugar also causes problems with your immune system by blocking vitamin C carried by the insulin stream and suppressing phagocytes. Phagocytes are cells that protect the body by ingesting outside bacteria, but they don’t function well with high sugar levels, reducing your body’s ability to fight pathogens.
Even though you think that last cupcake might be calling to you, sugar can literally mess with your thoughts. It is a contributor to Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products, which bind to proteins found throughout the entire body. When concentrated in the brain, AGEs can create the stepping stones to Alzheimer’s disease down the line.
Despite such detrimental health consequences, most people will continue to include sugar in their daily lives. Besides being tasty and generally recognized as a ‘comfort food’, sugar is addictive; eight times more addictive than cocaine in fact, making it a hard habit to break.
Even if you don’t completely cut out sugar in your diet, just reducing your intake can lead to better health.
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