Sugar is fine for you in small amounts, but too much can increase your risk to several health conditions.
From marinara sauce to peanut butter, added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products.
Many people rely on quick, processed foods for meals and snacks. Since these products often contain added sugar, it makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie intake.
Let’s take a look what sugar does to your body:
- Weight Gain
Indulging in extra sweets tend to contribute to fat storage and sending mixed signals to hormones like leptin that tells the brain – it still needs more food! Research has proven that though sweets and other foods rich in sugar are laden with calories, they do not do much in getting rid of hunger. The body will still want more food, as the sugar only dulls the brain by reducing the activity in the anorexigenic oxytocin system.
2. Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
If you consume a diet consistently high in sugar (150 pounds per year) and grains (200 pounds per year) and processed foods (full of sugars and trans fats), your blood glucose levels will be chronically elevated. The pancreas then becomes overworked and even damaged, the body becomes desensitised to insulin, and the end result is insulin resistance and eventually full-blown diabetes.
Consuming too much sugar will lead to diseases characterized by artery- clogging deposits. Indivisuals who consumed more added sugar have greater risk of developing heart diseases and coronary complications. Not only does it increases cardiovascular risks but also increases the risk of stroke.
Foods with a higher glycemic index, such as processed sweets, raise your blood sugar level more rapidly.It can cause a spike in insulin levels, leading to increased androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation – all of which plays a role in acne development.
5. May Increase Your Risk of Depression
While a healthy diet can help improve your mood, a diet high in added sugar and processed foods may contribute to changes in mood and emotions. It may even increase your chances of developing depression. High sugar consumption has been linked to cognitive impairments, memory problems, and emotional disorders like anxiety and depression
Author :- Sonam Prasad