How Bad is Sugar for You, Really?

sugarThere is sugar everywhere. It sneaks into places you would never suspect. So, how bad is sugar for you? There are some people who claim if you want to fight obesity and be healthy, then sugar needs to be cut from your diet. There are others who claim it is the worst single ingredient of the modern diet.

Here are some of the effects that sugar has on your metabolism and your body as a whole, and a few reasons why you may want to consider cutting back or hitting the brakes on your sugar rush.

Sugar Has No Nutritional Value

Added sugars in your diet such as high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are packed with calories but no essential nutrients. That’s why they are called “empty” calories. Sugar has no protein, essential fasts, vitamins or minerals. It’s just … pure energy.

If a quarter (or more) of your daily calories comes from sugar then this is a major problem not just for your waistline, but could also be contributing to nutrient deficiencies too. Not to mention that sugar is really bad for you teeth!

Sugar Can Cause Insulin Resistance

Insulin is a pretty important hormone in your body. It’s the key that unlocks glucose cells in your body and then allows them to be used instead of being stored as fat. Too much glucose in the blood is not only bad for your body as a whole, but bad for your liver and your metabolism. It can lead to metabolic dysfunctions resulting in the insulin ceasing to work as it should. Essentially, the cells in your body become resistant to insulin.

Insulin resistance is believed to be one of the main factors that contributes to obesity, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Sugar has been directly linked to insulin resistance when it’s consumed in large amounts.

Sugar Can Be Addictive

Sugar plays right into the desires of your brain by causing the release of dopamine in your brain’s reward center. The massive release of dopamine can become addictive and then can cause you to crave sugar and other junk food. You have to judge for yourself in this respect if sugar is something you can have every once in a while or if it’s something that you might be addicted to and thus should give up forever.

What you eat is a personal choice, but if you have goals for your health and your weight then you need to make sure that what you’re eating is in line with those goals. The only way to do that is to educate yourself about food and the impact it has on your body.

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