Today we’re going to be looking at the 10 negative effects of sugar on your body.
Sugar can give you wrinkles and your face looks older. Scientists from Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands measured the blood sugar levels of 600 men and women aged between 50 and 70. They then showed the photographs of these people to 60 separate participants and found that those with higher blood sugar looked older than those with lower blood sugar levels. In fact for every one millimetre per litre increase in blood sugar the perceived age of that person rose by five months.
Sugar is associated with acne. Foods ranking higher on the glycemic index such as sugar and refined carbs have been associated with greater amounts of acne on the face and body according to the latest study of Australian men.
Sugary drinks cause 83 % increased risk in developing type 2 diabetes. In one study of 91249 women showed that those who consumed one sugar sweetened beverage per day had an 83 % percent increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those that only had one a month.
Sugar intake increases the risk of developing certain types of cancers. There has been a direct link seen between breast and colon cancer with sugar consumption. This is likely due to the fact that insulin is one of the key factors behind the growth and multiplication of cells and sugar spikes insulin to abnormally high levels.
Sugar can ruin your teeth. A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that sugar destroys the healthy bacteria in the mouth which can cause tooth erosions.
Sugar is made up of empty calories with no real nutritional value. There are no nutrients, minerals, proteins or fiber in sugar just calories.
Sugar makes you feel hungry. A study done by Yale University showed that those who consume sugar had an increased appetite and desire for more. This happens when sugar screws up the hormonal levels in the body.
Sugar blocks leptin and raises insulin to very high levels. Leptin is a hormone in charge of telling us that we’re full and need to stop eating. It also tells us that we have energy and should go out and use that energy. Sugar consumption blocks this hormone from doing its job and from reaching the brain.
Sugar causes belly fat. Numerous studies have shown direct links from sugar to the increased accumulation of belly fat. This is the worst kind of fat because it is the one associated with all sorts of diseases including heart disease.
Sugar is addictive. Just like cocaine scientists have shown that sugar causes a very similar dopamine release in the brain. Studies on neuroplasticity have also shown that drug users have very similar behavioral addictions to those addicted to sugar.
Fruit has fiber, vitamins, minerals, water and tons of nutrients that refined sugar does not have. This is why when studies compare diets with refined sugar to fruit sugar the negative effects are not the same.