THE NOT-SO-SWEET FACE OF SUGAR: 7 REASONS WHY SUGAR IS BAD FOR YOU

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Owing to how our lifestyles have become incessantly dependent on instant meals and processed foods, it is impossible to steer clear of sugar on a daily basis. Sugar is hiding everywhere — in the peanut butter you spread on your morning toast, in the endless cups of chai you drink during office breaks, in that carton of “all-natural” fruit juice you drink after a workout! On top of that, the Indian tradition also has a deep-rooted connection to sugar, as we celebrate every occasion with tons of sweets.
But how bad is sugar, actually? The answer might shock you! The truth is sometimes too bitter to swallow, and this is definitely the case when it comes to the side effects of sugar. Here are some reasons why you should probably stop indulging your sweet tooth!
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OBESITY
Sodas and sweetened beverages are loaded with fructose, a type of simple sugar that can increase your hunger, thus leading to weight gain. Studies show that people who consume sodas and packed fruit juices tend to weigh more than those who don’t.
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HEART DISEASE
Diets high in sugar have been linked to a raised risk of many health conditions including heart disease. High sugar consumption can lead to obesity, high blood sugar and blood pressure levels and inflammation; all of which are risk factors for heart disease.
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SKIN PROBLEMS
Do you often wonder why those pimples keep popping up on your face? It could be because you eat too much sugar. Sugary foods can spike up your blood sugar and insulin levels which can, in turn, increase oil secretion and inflammation, resulting in acne breakouts.
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DIABETES
Excessive sugar consumption is associated with an elevated risk of diabetes. A high-sugar diet can lead to obesity, which is one of the leading risk factors of diabetes. Furthermore, overdosing on sugar for a prolonged period can cause insulin resistance, a condition that can spike up your blood sugar levels.
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CANCER
Studies have shown that those who consume a lot of sugar have increased cancer risk. A high sugar content in your system can trigger obesity and insulin resistance, which could speed up the onset of many cancers including that of the breast, cervix, bladder, liver, ovaries and prostate and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
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DEPRESSION
Your diet plays a crucial role in keeping your mood balanced. Consuming processed foods, sugary drinks and baked goods could increase your risk of depression, as sugar can cause blood sugar swings, inflammation and neurotransmitter impairment.
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AGING
When it comes to your physical appearance, what goes inside you plays a major role in how you look on the outside. Eating a lot of refined carbs and processed sugar could lead to the increased production of Advanced glycation end products (AGEs); compounds that play a key role in aging your skin.
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Now that you know the potential dangers hiding behind the sweet mask of sugar, you will have a better idea about how to control your daily sugar intake. Apart from avoiding sugar, it is necessary to identify the “sugar carriers” that can be found in various foods you consume including colas, white flour, white rice, bread, potatoes, pasta, chips, mayonnaise, cereal etc. Sometimes you add sugar to your diet without even realizing it. The key is to read food labels, check the ingredients and stay far away from processed and packaged foods.
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Reference Links
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/too-much-sugar#section7
https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/the-sweet-danger-of-sugar
https://pinkfortitude.com/hidden-dangers-of-sugar/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Lakhs-of-Indians-becoming-sugar-dependent/articleshow/19456525.cms
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4277009/

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