They say you become what you eat. Well, it’s kind of true. What you eat greatly determines how your body works. If you eat healthy food, you’ll become healthy. If you eat junk food, your body will start accumulating toxins.
Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where processed food high in sugar and carbohydrates is preferred over nutritious food. Well, it’s time to change that. Yes, that means no more sugary brownies for you! Don’t worry, it’s for your own good.
Here are 10 reasons why sugar is bad for your body:
- It promotes insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is the condition in which your body produces insulin, but the cells don’t respond to it as efficiently anymore, and this is a major cause of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Sugar promotes insulin resistance in your body. When you consume a large amount of sugar, your blood sugar level spikes, and this causes a release of large amounts of insulin. If your blood sugar level spikes frequently, cells develop resistance to the insulin, which can lead to type 2 diabetes mellitus!
- Excess sugar gets converted into fat.
The sugar that gets absorbed into your bloodstream, some of the excess gets converted into fat by your liver. The fat gets stored in your body. The more the fat stored in your body, especially around your abdomen, the higher your chances of getting heart diseases and strokes!
- An excess of sugar can result in a condition called Fatty liver
Fatty liver occurs when the cells of the liver are loaded with fat, so much so that the normal structure of the liver changes to that of a fatty one with fat globules dominating its structure. This occurs when you eat a lot of sugar so that it gets converted into fat pretty rapidly, as a result of which the fat starts getting accumulated in the liver.
- It causes tooth decay
Whenever you consume foods rich in sugar, some of it is left behind in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth feed on this sugar and this results in tooth decays and cavities. Once formed, cavities cannot be fixed by the body naturally, they can only be filled in! Better safe than sorry, right?
- It increases your weight
Sugars have a high caloric value, which means whenever you eat sugary food, it adds a lot to the calories without making you feel full. Therefore, this way, you’re likely to consume more calories than you should and this leads to an increase in weight. Obesity, in turn, increases your chances of getting many diseases including type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart diseases, and stroke.
- It doesn’t provide any nutrition
Sugar doesn’t contain any vitamins and minerals. It doesn’t nourish your body. It just provides you with energy, which can very be well taken from other more nutritious food sources! Therefore, it’s basically junk that doesn’t add any value to the food you eat and instead, makes it worse.
- High sugar intake and insulin levels have been linked to an increase in acne.
Many studies have found a link between a high intake of sugar and acne in both, males and females. The exact cause of the link hasn’t been figured out yet, but the link is definitely there.
- It increases your chances of developing premature aging.
Premature aging is the term used for when your body starts showing advanced signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin before it should. Aging is a normal process that occurs over time, but this aging is greatly accelerated by the consumption of sugars. The sugar forms a compound with proteins in your body, causing premature aging.
- It’s not good for your brain.
A diet high in sugar leads to cognitive decline and cognitive impairment, especially in young children. Studies have shown that when sugar was eliminated from children’s diet, the children performed much better at school. A diet high in sugar decreases brain function and makes your memory weak. Moreover, a high-sugar diet increases your risk of getting dementia!
- It can lead to depression
Studies have shown that consuming high amounts of sugar can lead to a greater risk of depression. This is because fluctuations in your blood glucose level are linked to your mood and these fluctuations can cause fluctuations in mood as well.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to cut out all of that unhealthy sugar out of your diet! Replace it with healthy organic food. The better you eat, the better your body will become!