You and sugar have had a turbulent relationship. From as long as you can remember, sugar has been there to celebrate your life’s accomplishments as well as comfort you on the days you’d rather forget. Sugar holds your hand during the first spoonful of yogurt in the morning, and cheers you up during that particularly long afternoon you had. Sugar is always there. You know you should have just the right amount of it in your life from wholesome sources, but you can never seem to keep it in check. But it’s time for a wakeup call, a real hand-to-the-sky wakeup call. Your relationship with sugar is toxic and as your friends, we have a compiled four compelling reasons to why you should call it quits for good.
1) Sugar increases your chances of heart disease
Your relationship with sugar causes more than just a heart ache, it can increase your chances of getting heart disease even if you are not overweight. According to a 15-year study,
“participants who took in 25% or more of their daily calories as sugar were more than twice as likely to die from heart disease as those whose diets included less than 10% added sugar. Overall, the odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet—and that was true regardless of a person’s age, sex, physical activity level, and body-mass index (a measure of weight).”
2) Sugar can build up fat in your liver
Your liver makes sure that your blood sugar levels are steady and constant. If the levels are off, your trusty liver is there to supply your body with calories it had stored up for you. If you are never burning off these calories, your liver becomes fatty. This can lead to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which looks the same as for a person who consumes too much alcohol. Not surprisingly, heavy soda consumption is one of the biggest cause of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
3) Sugar damages your skin
Any stressful relationship can cause you to look older than you are. Sugar is no different. After consuming a meal laden in sugars from simple carbohydrates, your skin becomes inflamed. Inflammation is usually a signal to your immune system that says “hey something isn’t right.” And when you are constantly inflaming your skin by consuming these sugars, you are causing your immune system to be constantly patrolling your body to make sure things are alright. This is a bad thing that leads to your skin tone and texture being affected. Sugar can also attach to the collagen in your skin making it more susceptible to develop wrinkles and become saggy.
4) Sugar may lead to obesity
Yes, you’ve heard this one before and it’s pretty common knowledge, but sugar DOES make you fat. When you consume a lot of sugar, your body has to release insulin to compensate. Insulin causes your blood sugar to come back down which can make you feel tired and hungry. Too many times than not, this hunger will lead you to eat something sugary again to give you ‘more energy.’ The cycle continues.
Having a bit of sugar in your diet is perfectly fine, but a very small dose. According to the World Health Organization, sugar should make up less than 5% of your daily calories. If you are a person who consumes 2,000 calories a day, that is around 6 teaspoons of sugar per day! To put that in perspective, by eating a regular yogurt, you could be over this recommended amount. This means, you need to be very aware of what you are consuming and the amount of sugar it may contain. Too much of a good thing can be bad, and it the case of sugar, it can be devastating.