We’re back with part 4 of 146 reasons why sugar ruins your health! Today, I want to help you understand why exactly sugar is bad for you. And to help explain this, I’m once again calling on the wise words of Janet Jacks in Discover the Power of Food. Then we’ll delve into 30 more reasons for you to kick it to the curb… for good.
“It’s important to understand just how much processing sugar is actually subjected to from start to finish. Not only is it refined, completely stripped of nutrients, but it is subjected to chemical processing that transforms whole into part, brown into white (though note regular brown sugar is no better!). These two factors, the removal of all that is good, as well as the addition of what is not, make the impact of a sugar habit all the more daunting, and dangerous. It can now be called “pure”, containing 99.9% sucrose, and nothing else.
Eating sugar is like letting everyone swipe your debit card all day long, giving them access to the savings you worked hard to accumulate. Sugar needs nutrients for its own metabolism, but because it supplies none of its own, it accesses your bank of nutrient stores, robbing you of your much-needed resources. It drains you of nutrients you need for important tasks. And it leaves you weaker and poorer.”
Now that I’m asking you to give up sugar, you might be wondering how to replace it to get some sweetness in certain foods and drinks. And tomorrow, we’re going to delve into a variety of replacements that are healthier, more wholesome, and a whole lot less dangerous!
For now, here are another 30 ways sugar ruins the health you’re trying to build… and 30 reasons why you should kiss it goodbye.
91. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.
92. Sugar lowers the enzymes’ ability to function.
93. Sugar can cause a permanent altering in the way proteins act in the body.
94. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.
95. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
96. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves.
97. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.
98. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin and lipoproteins, which may educe the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
99. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.
100. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus becoming highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.
101. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
102. sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.
103. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
104. Sugar increases the risk of polio.
105. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
106. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
107. In intensive care units, limiting sugar saves lives.
108. Sugar can lead to prostate cancer.
109. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.
110. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.
111. Sugar induces salt and water retention.
112. As sugar increases in the diet of 10 year olds, there is a linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients.
113. Sugar causes constipation.
114. Sugar causes varicose veins.
115. Sugar can cause brain decay in prediabetic and diabetic women.
116. Sugar can be a factor in asthma.
117. The higher the sugar consumption, the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndrome.
118. Sugar could affect the central reward systems.
119. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.
120. Sugar can cause liver tumors.