Sugar, or fructose, has no nutrients. It only contains calories that can create a host of health problems from your head to your toes. This includes all added sugars, whether processed, refined, or natural. People of all ages should reduce their intake of added sugar from all sources.
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Sugar impacts the part of your brain related to pleasure. If you ever feel like you need a sugar fix, it’s because sugar is addictive.
Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth, which creates acid. This acid eats away at your protective enamel and can lead to cavities.
Your body converts sugar to fat, including cholesterol and triglycerides. This buildup can clog your arteries, leading to heart attack and stroke.
People who consume lots of sugar, especially those with type 2 diabetes, are at increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Sugar affects how your body converts food into energy, causing metabolic disorders that can lead to a host of other conditions.
In a process called non-enzymatic glycation, sugar speeds up the browning of your internal organs. That can accelerate the aging process. It can also lead to vascular complications with more negative outcomes in people who have diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Sugar has calories but no nutrients. If you don’t burn off the energy, your body will convert it to fat.
A sugar rush eventually becomes a sugar crash.
Consuming sugar increases your need for insulin, which balances your blood sugar. Consuming too much sugar can cause insulin resistance, which is a precursor to diabetes.
Sugar increases uric acid in your blood. This increases your risk of heart and kidney diseases.
Your liver processes fructose like alcohol, causing it to collect fat. Chronic consumption of sugar can cause your liver to fail.
Sugar doesn’t contain fiber and isn’t satiating. This means your body will not send signals to your brain that it’s full. That can cause you to eat more sweet food without feeling satiated.
Excess sugar consumption can lead to diabetes. Diabetes that’s not well-controlled can lead to limb atrophy that requires amputation. This most often occurs in the foot.
Sugar attaches to proteins in your blood to create molecules that attack other proteins. Proteins the molecules attack include collagen and elastin, which helps keep your skin smooth.
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Addiction
Cavities and Tooth Decay
Clogged Arteries
Heart Concerns
Metabolic Disorders
Non-Enzymatic Glycation
Weight Gain
Tiredness
Insulin Resistance
Increased Uric Acid
Liver Failure
Increased Appetite
Diabetes
Skin Concerns