If you are having the sugar-laden diet on daily basis then you are in the right place. Reading this post will make your time full worthy. Facts about sugar will astound you guys that sugar has no nutritional value and no health benefits. Sugar comes in no food group and contains-
- No Nutrients
- No protein
- No healthy fats
- No enzymes
Understanding SugarsIf you wanted to know what is exactly wrong about sugar than you need to understand its composition first. So let's start learning what made sugar so bad to our body.
Mainly regular table sugar comprised of Glucose and Fructose.
When sugar is ingested from any sweetened product or beverages, before getting into bloodstream sugar is broken down into two simple sugars- Glucose and Fructose.
Glucose is the only good part of sugar that our body seeks energy from it. Consuming Glucose is actually helpful. But on the other hand, Fructose is complete No to our body because fructose can only be metabolized in the liver. Fructose converted into glycogen form in the liver and that's the storage of glucose for future energy until we need it.
Addition of single spoon of sugar to your diet saps your body muscles even faster. Not only sugar contains glucose but also the Carbohydrates. Even though our body produces glucose which is not at all bad to health. Fructose is the only form of sugar which we don't produce it by own. Fructose doesn't go into the bloodstream, instead, it stays in the liver.
Bad effects of sugar-1. Promotes aging and makes the skin dull with wrinkles
2. Makes blood acidic
3. Raises your blood sugar level
4. Damages liver
5. Get leads to heart disease and failure
6. Insulin resistance
7. Rot your teeth
Sugar can be the cause for following diseases1. Diabetes
4. Heart diseases
Sugar increases our belly fatsAs our liver contains stored sugar in the form of glycogen. Eating lot more fructose overloads the liver and forcing liver to turn fructose into fats. Fats in terms of triglycerides which get deposited This makes Fructose is more harmful than glucose in that regard.
Sugar overloads your liverEating fructose in a large amount repeatedly, the liver gets overloaded and leads to fatty liver. It's called Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Sugar decay your teethSince childhood, we aware that eating more sweets rot our teeth which leads to cavities and teeth related problems. Bacteria that causes cavities love to eat sugar and lingering in your mouth after you eat something sweet.
Sugar can cause DiabetesA high sugar diet certainly increases the diabetes risk. A particular type of sugar that has attracted negative attention is high fructose corn syrup. Likely table sugar, high fructose corn syrup causes the spike in blood sugar. Insulin is the leading hormone in the body, which is produced by the pancreas. that allows your body to use glucose and utilize for energy. In diabetes type 2, glucose level goes up because the body doesn't make enough insulin. Consumption of more sugar raises more glucose level in the blood and leads to a chronic condition called Diabetes.
Sugar deteriorate the memoryA study from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012 found that more sugar consumption than required has relation with deteriorating memory and affect overall cognitive health. It creates an addictive sugar response in the brain.
More sugar bring wrinkles and gives agingWhen I go to my childhood memories, I remember consuming more sugar than probably I should have. A study has been carried out in 2009 that unravels more glucose consumption progresses our aging of cells and hence reduces longevity.
Fructose promotes cancer cellsStudy found that fructose is readily used by cancerous cells to increase their proliferation. Fructose helps in cell division and hence leads faster spreading of cancer cells.
Substitute for Sweeteners
3. Coconut sugar
Stevia is the natural substitute for sugar. Stevia is sugar-free and non-caloric made from the leaves of the stevia plant. Stevia is the top preferable sugar substitute in the fitness world. Studies have shown that stevioside which is the sweetest compound in stevia, which has the property to lower blood pressure by 6-12%. This is best to avoid damaging effects from regular table sugar.
Honey is the mixture of glucose and fructose. Honey has antibacterial property. It has a lot other minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Honey has the ability to lower blood triglyceride and bad LDL cholesterol in diabetic patients. This is how honey is beneficial even to a diabetic patient.
3. Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar is high in calorie same as regular sugar, but also has few nutrients including zinc, iron, calcium, polyphenols, potassium and antioxidants.
Coconut sugar contains inulin, which slows the glucose absorption. It should be sparingly used because it has same effects of sugar to our health.
However, if your choice is between sugary drinks, processed foods with sugar, candy or fruits ... GO WITH THE FRUITS
"Eat less sugar, you're sweet enough already" true in my sense.