Why Sugar is Bad for Your Body

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Sugar has been called many things including “poison,” and the “single worse ingredient in the modern diet.” However, is it really as bad as people say it is? It depends on what you mean by “sugar.”

The commonly-recommended USDA diet for people in good health includes about two to three servings of fruits and two to three servings of vegetables per day. Some of these, particularly the fruits, have some natural sugar in them. This kind of sweetness already present in foods is not as harmful as the sugar you add to your food.

On the other hand, table sugar causes many problems for people. For instance, it can cause liver issues. That’s because this organ has to work harder to process white sugar than naturally-occurring fruit sugar. However, that is not all. This substance also converts to fat and causes diabetes, high blood pressure, disease and food addiction. Moreover, it also can have an effect on the natural insulin production that normally would occur in the pancreas.

Consuming too much sugar also decreases the body’s ability to metabolize fat. As a result, people find it more difficult to lose weight when dieting. Concerning the sugar addiction, it also activates the pleasure center of the brain in a similar way as cocaine and other controlled substances do. Therefore, it causes people to not be able to stop eating even when they are not hungry.

The average American consumes about 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. However, it should only be 9 teaspoons for men and 6 teaspoons for women. Anyone who wants to take control of how much of this substance they put into their bodies is advised to eat foods in their most natural form possible.


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