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Posted on 06-06-2016
Seeya Sugar! Top 5 Reasons to Ditch the Sweet Stuff Today
The average American consumes 32 teaspoons of sugar a Day! As sugar has made its way into many of our dietary staples, a quick look at your favorite food labels will tell you it is likely present in your diet as well. Whether it is called glucose,dextrose, fructose, sucralose, or galactose, different types of sugar find their way onto the market every day. When metabolized, excess sugar causes a long list of ailments, and intake should be highly limited. Let’s go over the top 5 reasons it is high time to lower our sugar intake.
Sugar Causes Inflammation
Regular inflammation is a good thing. It helps heal your body from injuries and protects you from massive infection spreads. The problematic type of inflammation is known as chronic low grade inflammation- meaning your body is in a state of inflammation over a long period of time. Inflammation such as this has been linked to diabetes, artherosclerosis, stroke, and a host of other chronic conditions
Sugar is a main dietary cause of inflammation. As sugar is digested, it is either immediately used or turned immediately into fat. On top of this, Sugar Causes Inflammation to all cells, and decreases the cells’ability to transport energy.
Blood Sugar and Insulin
When sugar is metabolized on the body, it causes blood sugar spikes and rapid drops. This leads to mood swings, cravings, headaches, fatigue, and more.
These rapid changes take their toll on pancreatic health. Excessive sugar intake can lead to insulin resistance and the high blood sugar levels associated with prediabetes.
Sugar is also bad for your heart. A recent study found that sugar can increase cardiovascular risks after only three weeks of intake. The study focused on healthy young men, who were given sugar sweetened beverages like soda every day for 3 weeks. Researchers found a decrease in LDL cholesterol (the good kind) and a significant increase in the blood sugar of participants.
Because of how they are digested, Sugars promote considerable weight gain. In this recent study, high fructose corn syrup was especially dangerous, causing weight gain in 100 percent of test subjects. Intake of fructose should be highly reduced, if not eliminated entirely.
Sugars high in fructose such as agave, corn syrup, and sucrose, have now surpassed alcohol as the number one cause of liver damage. When fructose in any form is digested, it is rapidly absorbed by the intestine and passed on to the liver. Fructose is processed in the liver same way as alcohol is, and causes much the same damage. One study links fructose to Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Researchers found dietary fructose intake may lead to NAFLD, and also promoted toxic bacteria in the intestines.
Sugar has slowly crept into our everyday lives over the past century. There is even significant research that sugar is addictive! If we value our health, it may be time to say farewell to our not-so-sweet friend.
If your health practitioner recommends cutting out sugar to reduce your inflammation, they are on the right track! At Personalized Chiropractic, we also care about our clients’ health first and foremost. By focusing on a holistic approach to wellness, we help our clients in the San Diego area to not simply treat symptoms, but rather to treat the root cause of their ailments.
P.S. - If you are wondering whether you will be missing out on your favorite baked goods- not to worry, you can still make them with natural sugar alternatives.
Speaking of, what is your favorite recipe using a natural sugar alternative? We would love to hear about it in the comments section!
-Dr. Ryan Curda
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