Sugar ain't so sweet as it seems...
It’s a highly addictive, toxic ingredient, yet most of us routinely eat it without too much consideration. We all know it’s not great for us, but have you ever really thought about why?
There are different types of sugar, naturally occurring sugars found in fruit and milk for example are less potent than the artificial sugars found in fizzy drinks, cakes, sweets and chocolate, not to mention the hidden sugars found in many packaged foods.
When you eat food high in sugar, your body breaks it down into glucose in your blood.
This causes your body to release insulin to take the glucose to muscle and liver cells to be used immediately as energy, or stored as glycogen for later use. However, your muscle or liver stores are full or if your muscles aren’t very sensitive to insulin, they will close their doors to the insulin and the sugar will be stored in fat cells leading to weight gain.
Ten side effects of sugar:
- Weakening of your immune system
- Weight gain
- Increased risk of fatty liver disease
- Concentration problems, anxiety, depression and hyperactivity
- Wrinkles, grey hair and premature aging
- Tooth decay
- Raised cholesterol
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Increased risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer