Sugar and health – the topic that never dies. A lot of people have a sweet tooth and not many of us can resist all those beautiful desserts! But I cannot stress enough of how important it is to watch out for added sugars in our daily diet. Today sugar consumption is very high, and it is related to many health problems. Two thirds of the population in United States is overweight and approximately half of it is obese. Looks like starvation is not as big of a problem as obesity today, because obese now greatly outnumber the undernourished. And yes, sugar is not the only thing that causes obesity, but it does play a big part in it. So, I though it is very important to talk about possible risks and health problems, which can occur due to overconsumption of sugar.
- Can cause weight gain
Unused energy is stored as fat. Sugar may also cause a resistance to leptin, hunger hormone, which signals human body to stop eating.
- May increase the risk of cancer
Overconsumption of sugar may lead to insulin resistance and obesity, which are the risk factors for cancer.
- Increases risk of diabetes
An article published in US National Library of Medicine suggests that obesity and insulin resistance are both risk factors for diabetes, which correlates with the overconsumption of sugar.
- Sugar overconsumption drains energy
High-sugar foods cause a blood sugar spike, which can be followed by a ‘crash’ making a person to feel very tired.
- Can lead to fatty liver
Sugar overconsumption may cause a condition in which excessive fat builds up in the liver.
- Sugar is addictive
Sugar has a powerful effect on the reward system in the brain, which can lead to a mental state similar to drug addiction. Scientists call it the ‘new tobacco’ and some even suggest that it is more addictive than heroin.
There are many health-related problems due to overconsumption of sugar, but it doesn’t mean that you have to give up on desserts! I certainly do not! One thing you need to remember, is to consume sugar in moderation. As long as you control you daily sugar intake, which according to World Health Association is 25 grams of 6 teaspoons, and only treat yourself with a dessert or sweets from time to time, you are going to be completely fine! If you would like to learn more, there is a book called ‘Sweet Evil: Reduce Sugar Intake, Lose Weight, Live Happy’, where you can find a lot more information about sugar itself, health problems related to it, how to fight the craving and reduce daily sugar intake. Keep an eye on what you eat and stay healthy.