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Reasons why you should kick the Sugar Habit

Sugar-related illnesses (diabetes, heart disease and dementia) have increased manifolds over the years. You need to cut back on sugar to prevent the devastating consequences it can have.

Exercise & Fitness By Himanshu SharmaNov 18, 2014

Why too Much Sugar is Bad for You

If you dig into the sugar archives, you will unravel countless scary side-effects of consuming it. High doses or when the amount of sugar in our diet goes beyond toxic, it can act similar to poison. Sugar-related illnesses (diabetes, heart disease and dementia) have increased manifolds over the years. You need to cut back on sugar to prevent the devastating consequences it can have. (image courtesy: Getty)

No Essential Nutrients

Sugar contains a lot of calories but only few nutrients. Consuming too much added sugar and sugary foods can make your diet less nutritious and contribute to nutrient deficiencies. Moreover, sugar provides easily digestible energy for the bad bacteria in the mouth to cause dental problems such as tooth decay. (image courtesy: Getty)

Cause of Insulin Resistance

Insulin hormone allows glucose (blood sugar) to enter the cells from the bloodstream and help the cells burn glucose. Too much of sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which are harbingers of metabolic syndrome and diabetes. (image courtesy: Getty)

Contributes to Obesity

Owing to sugar’s effects on hormones and the brain, it increases one’s risk of becoming overweight or obese. Sugar can lead to decreased satiety and make people lose control over their consumption. (image courtesy: Getty)

Overloads your Liver

Sugar is high in fructose, which can only be metabolized by the liver in substantial amounts. The consumption of sugar in significant amounts can make it difficult for liver to perform its functions. It may lead to fatty liver and other serious conditions associated with liver. (image courtesy: Getty)

Heart Disease Risk

Sugar is one of the leading drivers of heart diseases because of the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism. Fructose in large amounts can raise triglycerides, LDL, blood glucose, insulin levels and abdominal obesity. These are all risk factors of heart diseases. (image courtesy: Getty)

Affects Brain

Foods have effects on our brain and the hormones that control food intake. Unlike glucose, fructose doesn’t have the same kind of effect on satiety. It has been found to make brain less active and affect hormones that control brain. (image courtesy: Getty)

Causes of Cancer

There is enough scientific evidence to support that having constantly elevated insulin levels can contribute to cancer. Furthermore, metabolic problems that are linked with sugar consumption are sources of inflammation, one of the signs of cancer. (image courtesy: Getty)

Accelerates Ageing

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that drinking sugary sodas may speed up your body’s ageing process. A research panel at the University of California at San Francisco also found that sugar makes telomere short. The shorter the telomere, the harder it is for a cell to regenerate — and so, the body ages.

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