Sugars that occur in fruits, vegetables, and nuts is naturally occurring sugar that poses no threat to the body and contain many nutrients. Refined sugars which contain empty calories.
To make refined sugar, raw sugar or sucrose is extracted from sugarcane or any other plant with naturally occurring sugars, which then undergoes processing to remove molasses. The most common types of refined sugar are table sugar or white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
Refined sugar is commonly added to foods like sodas, packaged foods, or ice creams, flavored yogurts, cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, and most processed foods. But added sugar is also present in items that you may not think of as sweetened, like soups, bread, cured meats, and ketchup. All of ofthese foods are considered unhealthy not only because of the high sugar content, but also because these foods contain other unhealthy compounds like high salt, added fats, and artificial coloring., it is a wise idea to eliminate, or at least minimize the consumption of refined sugar due to the health implications it can cause.
- SUGAR ROBS YOUR BODY OF ESSENTIAL MINERALS
Besides being empty calories with no value in nutrition, sugar actually robs your body of essential minerals. Sugar causes essential minerals like sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium to be leached from the body. This can weaken the teeth and bones, causing tooth decay and diseases like osteoporosis.
2. SUGAR CAN CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN AND DIABETES
Insulin drives glucose into cells from the bloodstream. Elevated blood glucose is toxic, so when excessive amounts of glucose cannot be used properly the pancreas begins to secrete insulin in order to remove it from the bloodstream, leading the body to become insulin resistant. When the body becomes resistant to insulin, the pancreas stops doing its job properly, which is a contributing factor of type II diabetes. Insulin also signals the body to store fat, which leads to obesity. Like drugs, refined sugar stimulates the release of dopamine, a “feel-good” chemical in the brain. As we consume sugar, our bodies create more dopamine receptors that lead us to crave more sugar, resulting in a vicious cycle of sugar consumption.
- CAN IMPACT HEART HEALTH
Research indicates an association between a high-sugar diet and a greater risk of dying from heart disease. In a recent study, over the course of 15 years people who got 17% to 21% of their calories from added sugar had a 38% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who consumed 8% of their calories as added sugar.
High amounts of sugar overload the liver. Your liver metabolizes sugar the same way as alcohol. Over time, this can lead to a greater accumulation of fat, which may turn into fatty liver disease, a contributor to diabetes, which raises your risk for heart disease.
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